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Genes2Me RT-Direct Multiplex RT-PCR Kit for COVID-19

Genes2Me, an India-based IVD manufacturer and genetic diagnostics company, announced the global launch of the RT-Direct Multiplex RT-PCR kit for COVID-19. The kit, which received CE marking in August, covers three target genes specific to SARS-CoV-2 and has been validated with 100 percent sensitivity and specificity, the company said. Results can be obtained in about 40 minutes from sample to report without the need for prior RNA extraction, Genes2Me said. The kit is compatible with any commercial real-time PCR instrument.

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.