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This article has been updated with quotes from the authors given at a press conference on Wednesday.

NEW YORK – Broad Institute researchers have developed a CRISPR-based molecular diagnostics platform using microfluidics chips for the detection of viruses in human samples. A single chip has the capacity to detect a single virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time, or to search a smaller number of samples for more than 160 different viruses — including SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In PLOS this week: loci linked to protection against tuberculosis, identification of loci associated with increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the aerodigestive tract, and more.

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Apr
21
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This webinar, the first in a “Meet the Authors” series sponsored by Mission Bio, will discuss the application of single-cell analysis to decipher clonal evolution across several stages of disease development in myeloid malignancies.