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KAPA2G Fast Hot Start DNA polymerase, DNA Sequencing 2008 Report, MasterPure RNA purification kit, MultiGrade Gradient Thermal Cycler

Kapa Biosystems has released KAPA2G Fast Hot Start DNA polymerase, a second-generation polymerase engineered for speed, specificity, and performance. The enzyme was engineered using Kapa’s molecular evolution platform. The enzyme can synthesize DNA at a much faster rate than wild-type polymerases, extending DNA at a rate of 1 second per kilobase with no loss in performance, according to the company.

Research and Markets of Dublin has published a new report, entitled "DNA Sequencing 2008." The study focuses on the methods, instruments and software of DNA sequencing in medical research, agriculture and animal husbandry, and DNA testing and forensics application areas. Automated and non-automated DNA sequencing methods are analyzed. The report includes market data, segmentation, market size, key trends, M&A, product developments, industry forecasts, and corporate intelligence and lists 430 companies that are engaged in DNA sequencing services, instrumentation, R&D, and supply of products and services.

Epicentre Biotechnologies has launched a MasterPure RNA purification kit. The kit offers increased yields of total RNA, compared to conventional methods, according to the company. Gentle salt precipitation preserves microRNAs and other small RNAs that would be lost with a spin-column kit. Up to 25 micrograms of RNA can be obtained from 5 milligrams of mouse liver.

MIDSCI has released the MultiGene Gradient Thermal Cycler. The instrument features an easy-to-use interface for setting up protocols, the company claims. Protocols can be optimized by using a 12-row gradient which can be set up across the block. Several common protocols come pre-programmed and can be customized. The 96 x 0.2 milliliter block version is currently available and is compatible with all major brands of tubes, strips, and plates. The 96-well version will be upgradeable to a 60 x 0.5 milliliter block or a 384-well format.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.