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Qiagen Licenses HandyLab Extraction Technology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – HandyLab said this week that Qiagen has licensed the firm's extraction technology for use in the sample preparation part of its human papillomavirus assays.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based HandyLab said its extraction technology would be used with the HPV molecular diagnostic tests on Qiagen's QIAensemble and QIAsymphony random access platforms. Financial and other terms of the license were not disclosed.

HandyLab is a privately-held molecular diagnostics company developing products for the decentralization of nucleic acid testing.

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Transplant Tests Edited Pig Kidneys

The Associated Press reports a University of Alabama-Birmingham team transplanted genetically modified pig kidneys into a brain-dead human patient.

UK Changes Some Gene-Edited Crop Rules

A new law may enable gene-edited crops to be sold in the UK within about five years, New Scientist says.

Pill Works Against Omicron in Lab

Pfizer's antiviral pill to treat SARS-CoV-2 appears to work against the Omicron variant, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Nature Papers Find Genetic Risk Factor for Smell, Taste Loss in COVID-19; Analyze TB Granulomas

In Nature this week: genome-wide association study find locus linked to the risk COVID-19 patients losing their sense of taste or smell, and more.