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Zymo Research Gets CE-IVD Mark for SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex Kit

NEW YORK — Zymo Research said on Tuesday that it has received CE-IVD marking for its Quick SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex Kit.

The real-time reverse transcription PCR test is designed for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in upper and lower respiratory specimens. According to the Irvine, California-based company, the kit has a limit of detection of 10-virus copies per reaction and up to 382 samples can be analyzed for each RT-PCR run.

In August, Zymo received CE-IVD marking for its Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR kit, which received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration in May. 

The Scan

Close Panel Vote on Califf Nomination

The New York Times reports there was a close committee vote to advance the nomination of Robert Califf to lead the US Food and Drug Administration to the full Senate.

Task Force Reports on Scientific Integrity

Nature News writes that that a new task force report recommends that the US establish a cross-agency scientific integrity council.

Across the Hall

Genetic testing, closed-circuit cameras, and more show how a traveler, without any contact, infected others at a New Zealand quarantine facility, CNN reports.

Science Paper Examines Influence of Chromatin Modifications on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

In Science this week: genes regulating chromatin modification may contribute to OCD risk.