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While ethnicity-based screening remains the consensus approach for identifying disease-causing mutations, the American population is becoming increasingly admixed, meaning that genetic laboratories often have to run multiple panels on the same individual.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – TessArae and Kindstar Global today announced a collaboration to develop genetic tests for the Chinese population.

Galil Genetic Analysis recently began offering its OncoGenetics RDMGGA 1.0 Re-sequencing Chip as a service to its customers in Israel, according to the company's CEO.

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The partnership is one of several for TessArae, which has traditionally served the infectious disease-testing market, but has recently begun offering services to genetic disease-testing firms.

The vote of confidence is a stepping stone for the company to seek 510(k) approval for an H1N1 test on its platform; to tackle the point-of-care diagnostic market; and to further develop tests for other infectious diseases.

By obtaining emergency use authorization from the FDA, Potomac Falls, Va.-based TessArae becomes the first array firm to have received an EUA to sell chips for the monitoring and early diagnosis of the H1N1 influenza A virus.

The assay was developed through Affymetrix's MyGeneChip Custom Array Program. It is the latest in a series of molecular diagnostic products to get an FDA EUA.

For TessArae, which specializes in developing pathogen-detection arrays, the deal with GeneDx is the first of its kind. The company said this week that it intends to pursue more opportunities in the genetic disease-testing arena.

Nature News reports on how meeting cancellations and related costs are affecting scientific societies.

In a new ruling, Canada's Supreme Court upheld the country's genetic non-discrimination law, the Canadian Press reports.

COVID-19 vaccine developers aim to avoid a complication that has affected efforts to develop vaccines for other diseases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In PLOS this week: analysis of insertions throughout Shigella genomes, antigen production in malaria parasites, and more.