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The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

In PLOS this week: analysis of Plasmodium population structure, qPCR assay to diagnose scabies, and more.

The two California startups will aggregate genomic and phenotypic data, including social determinants of health, to support and manage decentralized clinical trials.

Azova's kit is for use with Fluidigm's Advanta Dx SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR assay, an extraction-free, saliva-based COVID test that previously received EUA.

The company also said that it had received EUA from the US Food and Drug Administration for a non-prescription version of its COVID-19 sample collection kit.

Bio-Techne's CEO said the coverage decision will expand access to its EPI test and enable additional men to better decide whether to proceed with a prostate biopsy.

Hologic said that the transaction further strengthens its molecular diagnostics business by expanding its international capabilities, among other benefits.

The firm said it is drawing up plans for its business in a post-pandemic world, planning the introduction of new testing panels and enhancing its respiratory panel.

During a conference call, company executives also discussed results from the SMART NIPT trial and their outlook for Natera's three businesses.

The company recently announced a deal with personalized ctDNA testing firm Natera and will now follow that with the launch of its own MRD product this year.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.