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Microchip Biotechnologies Gets Army Contract for Sample Prep System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Microchip Biotechnologies has been awarded a $625,000 grant from the US Army to develop a Universal Sample Preparation Module for automatically purifying DNA from pathogen targets.
 
The grant was awarded from the Army’s inaugural Commercialization Pilot Program, which is intended to assist SBIR firms that are working on phase II projects that meet high priority Army requirements in transitioning to commercial products.
 
MBI’s sample prep module will be designed to purify DNA from pathogen targets in complex matrices to provide samples for various downstream DoD-sponsored analytical platforms. The module, which will incorporate MBI’s Microscale On-chip Valves, will be used as a front end for a molecular diagnostics system aimed at detecting biological threat agents.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.