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NEW YORK — The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted Emergency Use Authorization for a PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 test developed at Columbia University.

The Triplex CII-SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR test is designed to detect the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid gene in nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasal, and midturbinate nasal swab samples. It uses the BioMérieux easyMAG automated extraction platform using the NucliSENS easyMAG extraction kit and Thermo Fisher Scientific's Applied Biosystem 7500 Fast Dx Real-Time PCR Instrument with software version 2.3.

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Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

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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.

Mar
11
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Foundation Medicine

In this session, the third in the Precision Oncology News Virtual Molecular Tumor Board Series, our expert panelists will review patient cases in which genomic profiling has identified gene fusions that may or may not serve as druggable targets.

Mar
16
Sponsored by
Bio-Rad

Wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) has been established as a viable, valuable, and cost-effective means to monitor infectious disease within a community. 

Mar
17
Sponsored by
IONPath

In this webinar, Felix J. Hartmann of Stanford University will describe an approach that characterizes the metabolic regulome of individual cells together with their phenotypic identity.

Mar
18
Sponsored by
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Viruses mutate as they strive to thrive in response to selective pressures.