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St. Jude Researchers to Use CombiMatrix Arrays in Bird Flu Study

NEW YORK, March 17 (GenomeWeb News) - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Acacia Research's CombiMatrix unit will collaborate to study genetic variation in the bird flu virus, Acacia said today.


Reseachers at St. Jude, led by Richard Webby, will monitor variations in the genome of the H9 variant of influenza A virus using custom microarrays from CombiMatrix.


H9, which is common in poultry, has the potential to spread to humans in the future, according to CombiMatrix.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.