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ReliaGene to Help Hitachi Software Engineering Develop Forensic Test

NEW YORK, May 24 (GenomeWeb News) - ReliaGene Technologies will use its Y-PLEX genotyping system to help Hitachi Software Engineering America develop human identification kits on HISAL's FMBIO fluorescence imaging platform, the companies said today. 


The first commercial product to be released under this agreement will be the Y-Detect screening system for the detection of male DNA in sexual assault and other forensic evidence samples, ReliaGene said. 


Financial terms of the agreement or launch timeline were not disclosed.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.