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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

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.