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In Brief This Week: Thermo Fisher Scientific; SeqWright, Illumina; Bioo Scientific, Eureka Genomics; Luminex; Cryo-Cell International

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific this week said that it has opened a technology center in Shanghai. The center houses engineers and support staff focused on developing products for China-based customers in the life sciences, environmental monitoring, and consumer product safety markets.

SeqWright has purchased an Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencing system to add to its service operations. The firm already uses Roche 454's GS FLX Titanium and AB SOLiD 4 for its sequencing services.

Bioo Scientific this week said that it has selected Eureka Genomics as its next-generation sequencing service provider. Austin, Texas-based Bioo said that it has developed a series of kits to "improve ease of use and decrease the cost of next-generation sequencing sample preparation."

Luminex this week said that it has donated the first commercial unit of its Magpix instrument to the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, which will use the recently launched system in its malaria research. The Magpix is Luminex's latest platform based on its xMAP technology and is a compact system capable of performing 50 tests on a single sample.

Cryo-Cell International announced this week that it has inked an R&D pact with Australia's Monash University. Researchers at the university will use Cryo-Cell's C'elle menstrual stem cell technology in its efforts to discover potential therapies for autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis.

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.