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All three tests use upper respiratory specimens such as nasal swabs, but the AIT and MicroGenDx tests can also use sputum samples.

Donald Kennedy Dies

Donald Kennedy, the former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and the former editor-in-chief of Science, has died of COVID-19 at 88 years of age.

The test is designed for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasal, and mid-turbinate nasal swab specimens as well as sputum.

The PCR-based tests are designed to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in various respiratory specimens including oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabs.

The agency plans to work with a number of partners to develop codes that will describe tests and results to standardize data collection.

Swab from the Couch

LabCorp has received US Food and Drug Administration authorization for at-home sample collection for its COVID-19 test, 360Dx reports.

The PCR-based assay is designed to detect RNA from the virus' nucleocapsid and ORF1ab genes in upper and lower respiratory specimens.

Emergency testing related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic strongly increased, but routine testing declined due to fewer regular health checks.

The test was already authorized for use in Canada and South Korea. Seegene has sold more than 10 million of the assay in more than 60 countries.

The test, which is used to screen for cervical cancer, was previously approved by the agency for use with the Cobas 4800 system.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.