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Thermo Fisher Scientific Gets CE Mark for COVID-19, Flu A/B, RSV Kit

NEW YORK – Thermo Fisher Scientific said on Monday that it has received CE-marking for its TaqPath COVID-19, Flu A/B, RSV Combo Kit for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A/B, and respiratory syncytial virus A/B infections.

The PCR-based kit allows laboratories to test for the diseases, which share clinical symptoms, in approximately three hours. Test results are analyzed using the Applied Biosystems Pathogens Interpretive Software, which automatically converts genetic analysis data into a report, reducing the risk of user interpretation error.

The new kit complements Thermo Fisher's previously launched TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit and RT-PCR CE-IVD.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.