APHL CDC Grants Could Indicate Shift Toward More Federal Funds for Public Health Lab Construction Premium The agency announced last month that it provided $175 million to seven states and localities to either build, expand, or renovate public health laboratory space. Labs Home in on SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant Premium The Association of Public Health Laboratories is directing member labs to focus sequencing efforts on S-gene dropouts for the next week. FDA to Harmonize COVID-19 Data with New Terminology Codes The agency plans to work with a number of partners to develop codes that will describe tests and results to standardize data collection. Coronavirus Testing Delays Yield New Oversight Bill, Shine Light on LDT Regulation Debate The sponsors of the CDC Will Implement Novel Coronavirus Surveillance in Select Public Health Labs Premium The plan piggybacks on national influenza surveillance, testing flu-negative samples using the CDC's rRT-PCR test for the novel coronavirus. Feb 10, 2020 CDC Building NGS Quality Management Tools as Public Health Labs Increase Use of Sequencing Premium Feb 3, 2020 CDC Submitting Novel Coronavirus Test for EUA Following HHS Declaration of Public Health Emergency Premium May 17, 2012 OpGen Creates Public Health Consortium to Evaluate its Technology for Use in Health Outbreaks Apr 15, 2010 Abbott Molecular ID System to be Used in Five-State Biopreparedness Evaluation Program: Breaking News Apr 15, 2010 Abbott Molecular ID System to be Used in Five-State Biopreparedness Evaluation Program: In-Depth Premium Breaking News New Approach Identifies Candidate Causal Variants for Neuropsychiatric, Neurodevelopmental Conditions People in the News: Baylor's Thomas Caskey Dies; New Appointments at UK Biobank, CS Genetics, More In Brief This Week: Pathogenomix, Uniogen, Genetic Technologies, DnaNudge, Gravity Diagnostics, More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Biodesix, Curio Genomics, Akoya Biosciences, More NIH Earmarks $170M for All of Us Program's Personalized Nutrition Study Taiwanese Firm's IP Asserted in Suit Against Pacific Biosciences Found Partially Unpatentable The Scan Omicron's Sewage Path The New York Times writes that testing sewage is helping public health officials track Omicron. IBM Sells Part of Watson Health The Wall Street Journal reports IBM is selling part of its Watson Health business to an investment firm. Identifying the Right Whales The Boston Globe writes that genetic testing has helped identify North American right whales and find that weaning can take place earlier than thought. Science Papers on Approach to Quickly Sort Single Cells, Alternative Splicing in Cancer In Science this week: high-speed sorting of single cells using fluorescence imaging, and more.