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Scan of the Sample

And now for a moment of shameless self-promotion: if you haven't seen our new sister blog on clinical labs, The Sample, check it out. Some recent items: The search for a director for Kaiser Permanente's molecular genetics lab has dragged on for at least five weeks. The director, should they ever find one, will oversee the lab's "high-complexity molecular genetics mutation studies for an expanding list of genetic disorders," according to one ad. Blogger Kirell Lakhman also writes that ViraCor Laboratories plans to acquire IBT Laboratories and wonders if that will be a replay of LabCorp's recent acquisition of Monogram Biosciences.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.