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GenMark announced on Monday that it has begun shipping its first research-use-only tests for the novel coronavirus and intends to seek emergency use authorization.

Chinese researchers conducted a systematic comparison between the newly discovered coronavirus genome and SARS-like viruses that caused previous epidemics.

The firm said its panel, which runs on its MDx-3000 system, tests nasopharyngeal swabs for the most common viruses and bacteria.

The drug developer said that the biomarker panel will form the basis of a planned point-of-care test for acute respiratory distress syndrome.

The molecular test detects and differentiates Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis from fresh and frozen nasopharyngeal swab samples.

As part of the deal, which is worth at least $3 million for the first five years, Primerdesign will develop and supply 384-well plate molecular assay panels for Genesis.

The test detects and distinguishes pertussis and parapertussis in nasopharyngeal swab samples. It is for use on the Quidel's Solana MDx instrument.

The company cites flexibility and ease of use as its main selling points, and is partnering with IVD firms like Randox and R-Biopharm on assay development.

The new assay — the third FDA cleared respiratory test that runs on the Panther Fusion System — detects adenovirus, human metapneumovirus, and rhinovirus.

In PNAS this week: genetic diversity of the people of Madagascar, loss-of-function mutations linked to respiratory infection severity, and more.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.