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Thermo Scientific SureTect PCR Assays

Thermo Fisher Scientific has released five new Thermo Scientific SureTect PCR assays and related software for food testing. The tests, which are designed to run on the Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 5 Food Safety PCR system, are for the detection and identification of Campylobacter jejuni, C. coli, and C. lari; E. coli O157:H7 and STEC screening; STEC identification; Staphylococcus aureus detection; and Vibrio cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus, and V. vulnificus detection and identification. They typically provide negative and presumptive-positive results within less than 24 hours, with some protocols taking as little as nine hours.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.