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NEW YORK – As the scope of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak became apparent early this year, clinical labs across the US scrambled to develop and implement molecular tests for the virus.

The effort presented labs with a number of challenges, ranging from difficulties obtaining reagents and other materials needed for test development to the complexities of navigating unfamiliar regulatory regimes.

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Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

The National Health Service is to offer Novartis's Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy later this year, according to the Guardian.

Taiwan is to launch a pilot program offering genetic testing to cancer patients, the Taipei Times reports.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to protection against tuberculosis, identification of loci associated with increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the aerodigestive tract, and more.

Mar
09
Sponsored by
Fabric Genomics

The growth of next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing presents both opportunities and challenges for clinical, informatics, and laboratory teams. 

Mar
16
Sponsored by
Bio-Rad

Wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) has been established as a viable, valuable, and cost-effective means to monitor infectious disease within a community. 

Mar
23
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will discuss findings from the study, in which molecular residual disease (MRD) was assessed using circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) without prior mutational knowledge in oligometastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) patients who had received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. This study also investigated urine as an alternative analyte for ctDNA MRD detection.

Mar
30
Sponsored by
Menarini Silicon Biosystems

This webinar will provide an overview of the current state of circulating tumor cell (CTC) enumeration for clinical use in metastatic breast cancer.