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Zymo Quick-cfRNA Serum and Plasma Kit

Zymo Research has launched the Quick-cfRNA Serum and Plasma kit. The kit uses the company's Zymo-Spin technology to purify cell-free RNA from up to one ml of plasma, serum, or other biological fluids. The kit produces isolated RNA immediately ready for sensitive downstream applications including RT-qPCR and next-generation sequencing. It can also be used for biomarker discovery and advanced liquid biopsy research, the company said.

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Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

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Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.