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Asuragen, Oxford Gene Technology

Asuragen has introduced its RNARetain pre-analytical RNA stabilization solution in Europe after receiving regulatory approval for the product.
According to the company, the solution is a clinically validated and cGMP-manufactured sample collection and RNA stabilization solution. It is labeled for the collection, storage, and transport of clinical human cellular and solid tissue specimens, as well as the stabilization of intracellular RNA within these specimens for subsequent extraction and molecular analysis, according to Asuragen.

Oxford Gene Technology has launched a new microRNA-profiling service.
According to the company, the service offers high-quality, customizable microarrays with the most up-to-date miRNA probe sequences, providing data from samples in days.

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.