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NEW YORK ─ The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted Emergency Use Authorization for Siemens Healthineers' Fast Track Diagnostics SARS-CoV-2 test to detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The test can be used for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in upper respiratory specimens, such as nasal, nasopharyngeal, and oropharyngeal swabs; nasopharyngeal or nasal aspirate; and bronchoalveolar lavage, the FDA said on its website.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.

Jul
14
Sponsored by
Agilent

This webinar will describe a rapid metagenomics assay under development for human pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Jul
15
Sponsored by
LGC SeraCare Life Sciences

Cancer immunotherapy is an exciting new advance for the successful treatment of many forms of metastatic cancer.

Jul
22
Sponsored by
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Luis A. Alcaraz, cofounder of Bioarray and Journey Genomics, accredited diagnostic and research labs based in Alicante, Spain, will review how his teams use advanced genomic techniques for carrier screening research as well as for preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) in embryos for both aneuploidies (PGT-A) and monogenic disorders (PGT-M).

Jul
23
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will discuss a study that set to assess the efficacy and safety of osimertinib in EGFR T790M positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients identified by using plasma sample and cobas EGFR Mutation test v2. This is the first prospective study to use liquid biopsy upfront to evaluate osimertinib efficacy.