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Sinochips Bioscience Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Coronavirus Test

NEW YORK — The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted Emergency Use Authorization for a PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 test developed by Sinochips Bioscience.

The COVID-19 Nucleic Acid RT-PCR Test Kit is designed to detect the ORF1ab and nucleocapsid genes of the virus in upper respiratory specimens, according to the Zhuhai, China-based company. It uses Qiagen's QIAamp Viral RNA Mini Kit for manual nucleic acid extraction or Thermo Fisher Scientific's KingFisher Flex Magnetic Particle Processor for automated extraction and runs on Thermo Fisher's Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast Dx or Applied Biosystems 7500 RT-PCR instruments.

The test may be used by any lab CLIA-certified to perform high-complexity testing, the FDA said.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.