dual primer PCR

Co-Diagnostics will license its CoPrimers technology to Biosearch to make, use, market, and sell the primer-dimer-reducing oligonucleotides.

The sensitivity of real-time PCR-based testing of dried blood spots is too low to use the method as a routine test for CMV infection in newborns. Despite this, PCR testing of other bodily fluids such as saliva still holds promise for such a test.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.