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Integrated DNA Technologies has introduced new oligonucleotide design and analysis tools through its online SciTools suite.

The suite includes the customized OligoAnalyzer for the calculation of an RNA or DNA sequence's physical properties; PrimerQuest, which allows for the amplification of a specific stretch of a sequence; and RealTime PCR design tools for use with qPCR experiments, IDT said.

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Follow-Up Data Requests to Biobank Participants Ineffective, Study Finds

An effort to recontact biobank enrollees for additional information reports low participation in a new BMJ Open study.

Study Finds Widespread Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in Vietnam Hospitals

A sequencing study in The Lancet Microbe finds widespread transmission of drug-resistant Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii in two Vietnam ICUs.

Novel Brain Cell Organoids Show Promise for Autism Research

University of Utah researchers report in Nature Communications on their development of brain cell organoids to study SHANK3-related autism.

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.