hot-start PCR

The South Korean company said the kit not only detects Zika, but is also set up to find multiple mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Chikunguya.

Under the agreement, Lucigen will use the CleanAmp dNTPs in its Taq98 Hot Start 2X MasterMix.

TriLink hopes that these modifications will provide the same benefit as hot-start approaches for PCR; namely, a substantial improvement in specificity and performance compared to conventional LCR.

Meridian Bioscience's acquisition of Bioline both provides Meridian a foothold in the PCR market and is expected to help drive future diagnostic development at the company.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.