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In Genome Biology this week: improved reference genome for the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus, links between Ebola variants and outcomes, and more.

The method uses standard lab equipment and the nanoswitches can be easily reconfigured and made in large batches at a cost of about $0.01 per reaction.

In PNAS this week: Zika virus mutation linked to increased transmission, variants associated with inherited hearing loss, and more.

Caspr's assay can be transported at room temperature and performed without complex external equipment, making it ideal for low-resource environments.

Same Old Error

The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

The system is approved for use with the Procleix Ultrio Elite Assay, the Procleix WNV Assay, Procleix Zika Virus Assay, and the Procelix Babesia Assay.

The platform can detect a single virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time or more than 160 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in a small number of samples.

The company has developed a proof-of-concept single-pore sensor that it anticipates integrating into a prototype testing platform this year.  

The Cobas Zika test is for use on Roche's Cobas 6800/8800 systems to screen blood donations and detects Zika virus RNA in samples of human plasma.  

In Science this week: researchers use CRISPR tool to find gut microbiome molecules involved in immunity, and more.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

This week in Science: Neanderthal Y chromosomes replaced by Homo sapiens Y chromosomes, and more.