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Thermo Scientific KingFisher Presto Sample Purification System

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Thermo Scientific KingFisher Presto sample purification system. It is designed to isolate target nucleic acids and proteins as part of an automated workflow in high-throughput laboratories, the company said. The system uses a liquid handler with a gripper or robot arm and can purify samples with volumes from 50 µL to 5 mL. It also allows users to choose between 24- and 96-head magnets high-throughput laboratories. The KingFisher Presto is accompanied by Thermo Scientific BindlT software for protocol development which allows users to create and modify their protocols and import Invitrogen and Applied Biosystems nucleic acid and protein purification kits, the company said.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.