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TwistDx TwistAmp Liquid Kits

TwistDx recently launched TwistAmp Liquid kits, a range of liquid format recombinase polymerase amplification kits ideal for rapid testing applications and high-throughput laboratory use. RPA is an isothermal DNA/RNA amplification technology that the company says offers the same specificity as PCR but with much faster results – typically within three to 10 minutes.

The new kits are designed to simplify integration of RPA technology into existing laboratory workflows. The liquid format also simplifies the development of miniaturized or custom assay configurations and the creation of bulk master mixes, TwistDx said.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.