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Color is opening a lab dedicated to SARS-CoV-2 testing and adapting its software infrastructure to enable physicians to order tests and return results.

The companies have signed on to a new public-private initiative organized by Wisconsin's governor intended to increase the state's testing capacity.

The firm said the BARDA funding will support scale-up of a molecular test to facilitate management of the coronavirus pandemic cycle.

The NeuMoDx SARS-CoV-2 Test Strip can run on the firm's fully-automated mid- or high-throughput instruments.

The panel can detect and differentiate SARS-CoV-2 and 20 other pathogens known to cause serious respiratory disease from nasopharyngeal swabs in symptomatic patients.

The Aries SARS-CoV-2 assay provides results in approximately two hours and can be run on Luminex's sample-to-answer Aries Systems.

Thermo Fisher plans to use the proceeds to pay in part for the acquisition of Qiagen, expected to close in the first half of 2021, and for general corporate purposes.

A new study showed that relying on minimal phenotyping could impede researchers' ability to identify genetic pathways specific to major depressive disorder.

Using data for more than half a million individuals, researchers identified 449 refractive area-related loci, including 336 sites not linked to the eye condition in the past.

The firm delayed reporting final results due to questions of accounting irregularities but found no misconduct and made no changes to its preliminary results.

Last week, GenomeWeb's readers were most interested in a UK-based research consortium sequencing SARS-CoV-2 to provide a clear picture of the epidemic's spread.

The company said the kit can provide results within 90 minutes, with sensitivity and specificity of detection reaching the level of traditional PCR methods.

Myriad has partnered with Japanese firm SRL, a subsidiary of Miraca Group, to commercialize its BRACAnalysis Diagnostic System in Japan.

Droplet digital PCR tests for SARS-CoV-2 can potentially detect the very low viral loads seen in asymptomatic and convalescent cases.

The ID Now COVID-19 test is the second assay from the company to receive EUA from the FDA, following the same designation issued to the Abbott RealTime SARS CoV-2.

The NxTag CoV Extended Panel is a multiplex PCR test that uses the company's bead-based NxTag technology to detect coronavirus in nasopharyngeal swab specimens.

The alliance, led by Singapore-based startup Proteona, also includes several organizations from that city state as well as German research institutes.

The $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package, aimed at bolstering the economy against the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, has been signed into law by President Trump.

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FIND will use the funding to support the development of rapid tests, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

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A sequencing analysis led by researchers at Shantou University in China provides evidence that pangolins may be an intermediary host for SARS-CoV-2.

Sysmex anticipates delivering the kit to Japanese medical institutions this month for diagnosis of the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The BGI Real-Time Fluorescent RT-PCR Kit for detecting SARS-2019-nCoV runs in approximately three hours and can be manufactured in large volumes, the firm has said.

The AvellinoCoV2 real-time PCR test is designed for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 from nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimens.

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A new blood test might be able to detect the presence of some 50 cancers, according to New Scientist.

Undark looks into how coronavirus-related shutdowns are affecting field researchers.

In PNAS this week: strategies to design DNA oligonucleotide probes for bacteria, Vibrio cholerae evolution in Haiti, and more.

NPR reports that graduate students in the US are helping with SARS-CoV-2 testing.