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A specifically adapted version of MultiD's GenEx qPCR analysis software will be incorporated into Exiqon's new microRNA qPCR platform under terms of the deal.

Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto, the Mayo Clinic, Ohio State University, and University of Miami School of Medicine are among the early-access customers who have been using the product ahead of its commercial launch this week.

Although Roche said that it signed an agreement with Ghent University in general, the instrument will primarily be used in the laboratory of Jo Vandesompele, one of the pre-eminent researchers in the qPCR field.

The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities' Nucleic Acid Research Group this week presented the results of a 2009-2010 study that assessed the impact of various priming strategies on generating cDNA for use with quantitative PCR.

The National Cancer Institute and international stem-cell research consortium ESTools have purchased site-wide licenses to Integromics' RealTime StatMiner. Meantime, qPCR support and services organization TATAA Biocenter will distribute and provide training for the software.

The acquisition may also provide Thermo Fisher with a foothold in the rapidly growing PCR-based molecular diagnostics market, according to a company official.

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A research team at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found that current methods for detecting miRNAs by real-time quantitative PCR were lacking for their purposes, so they developed a new assay to overcome those shortcomings.

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The first reported coronavirus cases in Europe and the US might not be related to the subsequent outbreaks in those areas, according to the New York Times.

According to NPR, there's a growing shortage of machines to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

The Wall Street Journal and Kaiser Health News report that antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 has led to further confusion.

In Nature this week: the largest known collection of human genetic variants, and more.