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Avellino Labs Gets CLIA Certification

NEW YORK — Avellino Labs said today that its Menlo Park, California facility has received CLIA certification, enabling the company to receive and process samples for its AvaGen test for keratoconus and corneal dystrophies.

AvaGen is a next-generation sequencing-based test designed to analyze 1,000 variants across 75 genes to determine the risk of keratoconus, as well as over 70 TGFBI mutations of the transforming growth factor beta induced — or TGFBI — gene for detecting the presence of corneal dystrophies.

With the CLIA certification, Silicon Valley-based Avellino said it plans to being a limited rollout of AvaGen this quarter, with nationwide availability expected in 2020.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.