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New Products: NanoString Technologies' nCounter Human miRNA Expression Assay Kit

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NanoString Technologies has introduced a new version of its nCounter human miRNA expression assay kit, which includes content from miRBase 18.

The kit allows for profiling of 800 of the most highly expressed miRNAs in a single tube, without the need for amplification, the company said.

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Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.