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In Brief This Week: Affymetrix; Arrayit; EcoArray, DNA Precision

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix said this week that researchers associated with The Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) and the University of California, San Francisco, will use the firm's new Axiom Genotyping Solution as part of their efforts to conduct genome-wide analysis of DNA samples from 100,000 Kaiser volunteers in Northern California. Those research efforts are supported by a $24.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, announced earlier this week.

Arrayit said it is collaborating with the European Space Agency to provide tools for its ExoMars Mission Aurora Program. The program will use Arrayit's microarray technology to examine soil samples from Mars and seeks clues to past or present life on the planet.

Environmental genomics firm EcoArray this week launched a new division, called DNA Precision, which will offer services for genetic and healthcare research, The Gainesville, Fla.-based firm said that the division offers gene discovery and analysis services, from library development to bioinformatics.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.