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Adaptive Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer Harlan Robins compared the launch of the test to the unveiling of the Tesla Roadster electric sports car.

The drugstore will sell Pixel by Labcorp kits in up to 6,000 stores, with the goal of providing a testing option at stores that don't currently have on-site testing.

The expanded partnership includes a commercial agreement for the ClonoSeq and ImmunoSeq assays, as well as a lab service agreement for the T-Detect COVID test.

The Financial Times reports the US bolstering its ability to track SARS-CoV-2 alterations.

While SARS-CoV-2 test demand will likely remain strong well into 2021, the question of what to do with the built-up capacity in a post-COVID-19 environment looms.

With the EUA, LabCorp is able to sell the test kit directly to consumers without a prescription, making it the first over-the-counter COVID-19 test in the US.

The new consortium is aiming to make comprehensive genomic profiling accessible to advanced cancer patients in the US, to help inform their treatment decisions.

The RT-PCR-based test was first authorized in March for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in specimens collected by a healthcare provider.

The agreement will initially focus on making available assays developed and validated by LabCorp's Covance business, with the first assays targeting oncology.

The method uses heat for extraction, which the company said will improve test turnaround time and reduce reliance on nucleic acid extraction reagents.

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The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.

CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.

According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.

In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.