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The company said that in the second half of 2020, its core business, excluding COVID-19 clinical reagents and testing revenues, remained resilient despite lockdowns.

The firm said that its core business, excluding COVID-19 clinical testing revenues, returned to positive organic growth in the quarter.

DNA Genotek's devices are used with SARS-CoV-2 tests from Clinical Reference Laboratory and P23 Labs, while Clinical Enterprises' kit is offered by Eurofins.

The RT-PCR-based test may only be performed by Framingham, Massachusetts-based BHD, which is a subsidiary of Eurofins Scientific.

The multiplex RT-PCR test simultaneously detects two target sequences inside the SARS-CoV-2 N gene, providing results in about two hours.

The assay is a real-time RT-PCR test designed for the qualitative detection of specific sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 N gene in respiratory specimens.

The RT-qPCR test was made available last week after validation in accordance with the US Food and Drug Administration's Emergency Use Authorization guidance.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.