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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.

University of Oxford researchers said they are weeks away from completing clinical validation of a coronavirus molecular test based on RT-LAMP technology.

Profiling microbial communities in cervicovaginal samples from women carrying high-risk HPV strains, researchers found possible markers of pre-cancer progression.

The Cas9 variant can target nearly all PAM sites in the genome, allowing the researchers to edit previously inaccessible disease-relevant genetic variants.

Alterations that arise that have high fitness are also associated with an increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia.

Investigators worldwide are sharing data to search for features in the human genome that might contribute to COVID-19 susceptibility or progression.

The kit, which is CE marked, is designed to detect the virus' ORF1ab, N, and E genes, and can process 96 samples within two hours.

The agency provided an overview of its policies regarding COVID-19 test regulations, as well as additional color and clarification, in a webinar.

The test, which uses an Applied Bioystems TaqPath assay and real-time PCR technology, detects nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Retraction Watch writes that a cancer researcher has had an eighth paper retracted.

Computational biologist James Taylor has died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is starting to test people for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, according to the New York Times.

In PLOS this week: features of tumor-infiltrating immune cells, regulatory effects of SNPs associated with prostate cancer risk, and more.