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News items for the week of March 9, 2020.

The panel will aid in the diagnosis of patients with respiratory symptoms in about an hour by differentiating SARS-CoV-2 from other bacterial and viral pathogens.

The test is the third to receive EUA, following tests from the CDC and New York state, and it runs on Roche's Cobas 6800 and 8800 systems.

Under the 2018 agreement, the companies had planned to develop cell-free DNA assays for prenatal screening using Qiagen's GeneReader sequencing system.

BioMérieux had alleged infringement of two of its patents associated with nucleotide sequences to detect HIV-1 subtypes. 

Thinking DARPA-Like

With its new budget package, the UK plans to establish a DARPA-like research agency, the Guardian reports.

Technology partners on the study include BioMérieux and SkylineDx, as well as Imperial College London's biomedical electronics unit.

Researchers re-examined whole-genome and whole-transcriptome sequencing TCGA studies from 33 cancer types and found unique microbial signatures.

In Genome Research this week: approach to isolate viral genomes from metagenomic sequence collections, regulatory shifts in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and more.

Invitae said YouScript and Genelex will enable it to provide pharmacogenomic testing, while Diploid will help interpret WGS results.

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Master's and doctoral students in the UK call on funding groups to extend their grants for the duration of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Guardian reports.

Squid can make edits to their RNA within the cytoplasm of their axons, Science News reports.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is putting $25 million toward COVID-19 treatment research, according to the Verge.

In Science this week: researchers engineer version of Cas9 that is nearly PAM-less, and more.