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Sema4: Sema4 Elements

Sema4, a molecular diagnostics and clinical data company, has launched Sema4 Elements, a portfolio of genomic tests, digital tools, and services in reproductive health for patients and providers. It includes a new version of the company's Expanded Carrier Screen (ECS) that provides personalized residual risk assessments, its noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT), and its Natalis newborn screen. One of the digital tools in the portfolio is Pregnancy Journey, an educational resource and tracking tool for pregnant women. Services include customized workflows, genetic counseling, and patient-friendly billing policies.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.