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Ambion, Agencourt

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Ambion will now be distributing Agencourt’s AMPure reagent, which is based on its proprietary Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization nucleic acid reagents, along with its MessageAmp RNA amplification kit, the companies said this week. The SPRI chemistry, which is patented, is based on the use of magnetic microparticles, onto which nucleic acids are selectively immobilized.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.