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Ambion, OptimumFFPE RNA Isolation Kit, Molecula, siRNA Design and Purification Service


Ambion recently introduced the Optimum FFPE RNA Isolation Kit, a system that allows for phenol-free RNA isolation from formalin- or paraformaldehyde-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues to yield RT-PCR-competent RNA.

According to the company, the kit replaces the discontinued Ambion Paraffin Block Kit.

Details about ordering the Optimum kit can be found at

Molecula recently introduced an siRNA design and purification service, included free with the cost of its RNA duplexes. This service can be found on the company’s website at

Molecula also has introduced an siRNA library, containing siRNAs against numerous targets including G protein-coupled receptor 40, Lamin A/C, and hepatitis C.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.