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Shares in Sequenom Up 9.5 Percent on News of Qiagen Dx Alliance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Shares in Sequenom were up 9.51 percent, or $.45, at $5.18, in mid-afternoon trading today after the company said it will work with Qiagen to develop a preanalytical product to enrich nucleic acids for prenatal diagnostics.
 
As GenomeWeb News reported this morning, Sequenom will retain commercial rights to any tests the companies develop under the partnership.
 
Qiagen said the goal for the partnership is to develop reliable reagents for the enrichment of small nucleic acid fragments, such as those found in maternal plasma, to analyze cancer and other disorders.
The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

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For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.