Agena Ethos Labs, Agena Biosciences Partner on SARS-CoV-2 Variant Identification Ethos said Agena's MALDI-TOF-based MassArray system will allow for more rapid and lower-cost detection of SARS-Cov-2 variants than next-generation sequencing. Agena Inks MassArray Distribution Deal for Middle East, Africa, Central Asia The deal covers Agena's MassArray platform for genetic variant measurement, as well as genetic testing applications and other related products. Agena Rolls out Seq-It SARS-CoV-2 Variant Panel Globally for Use on MassArray System Premium The assay is being positioned as an alternative to next-generation sequencing-based approaches, which its creators view as ponderous and pricey. Agena Bioscience Shows Off New Liquid Biopsy QC Assay at AMP; Expects January Launch Premium The firm also discussed recent studies comparing its UltraSeek lung cancer assay with more established liquid biopsy tests to detect drug-resistant mutations. Agena Bioscience Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for MassArray Coronavirus Test The company's RT-PCR/MALDI-TOF test comprises five assays designed to detect the N, ORF1, and ORF1ab regions of the SARS-CoV-2 genome. Oct 24, 2018 Agena Bioscience MassArray System Cleared by China FDA Aug 21, 2018 PerkinElmer Adds DNA Quality Assessment Analyzer to Agena Nucleic Acid Detection System Breaking News Eagle Biosciences, Genetic Analysis Ink Distribution Agreement for Gut Microbiota Test Centogene Q1 Revenues Grow More Than Fivefold Driven by COVID-19 Testing Epizyme Partnering With Quest Diagnostics for Lymphoma Mutation Testing Enzo Biochem, CLX Health Partner to Support COVID-19 Testing for International Travel Type 1 Diabetes GWAS, Fine-Mapping Leads to New Genetic Loci, Potential Drug Targets LSU Health Sciences Center Wins $2.4M to Lead SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing Program The Scan Missed Early Cases A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports. Limited Journal Editor Diversity A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist. How Much of a Threat? Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned. PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.