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Twist Bioscience Synthetic Controls for Respiratory Viruses

Twist Bioscience has added 16 new synthetic controls for common respiratory viruses with symptoms similar to COVID-19, including influenza H1N1, influenza H32N, influenza B, rhinovirus, enterovirus, and several human coronaviruses including a prevalent mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 (D614G.)

Applications for the products include environmental testing, assay development and verification, and diagnostic test validation.

Twist's controls are designed based on specific viral variants, cover the full viral genomes and are sequence-verified. Controls for alternative viral variants are available as custom products. The firm said RNA synthetic controls should be delivered within two weeks of ordering.

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.