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The new company, called Infinity Biologix, will continue to operate out of Rutgers' New Brunswick campus with over 400 technicians and scientists.
A number of diagnostic labs have considered saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 testing but decided against it, while other groups continue to pursue it.
At Scientific American, a trio calls on community leaders, scientists, and others to prevent increased racial and economic disparities in science due to pandemic-related school closures.
In PLOS this week: sequencing-based way to uncover drug resistance in tuberculosis bacteria, genetic population structure of mosquito vectors, and more.
Replacing nasopharyngeal swabs with saliva samples or nasal swabs could increase throughput and convenience, as well as relieve reagent and equipment shortages.
Several labs and at least one company have been working on assays that add samples directly to the PCR reaction and don't require RNA extraction, a time-consuming step.
Originally developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the test is modified for use on additional specimen types, including saliva, as well as with alternative nucleic acid extraction and amplification systems.
The company recently inked deals with Mammoth Biosciences and Rutgers University to license a protein discovery platform and gene editing technology.
Horizon also said it will provide access to the technology to business partners for the development of more effective multi-gene knockout cell therapy programs.
The five-year funding commitment represents a 5 percent increase over the previous grant period for the rapidly growing archive of 3D protein structures.
According to the Verge, many US states are not including positive results from rapid COVID-19 testing in their case numbers.
CNBC reports that the CDC Director says a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine isn't likely to be generally available until the third quarter of 2021, timing President Donald Trump disputes.
Michael Caputo, the top Department of Health and Human Service spokesperson, is taking a leave of absence, CNN says.
In Nature this week: MassIVE.quant resource houses mass spectrometry-based proteomic data, influence of Viking genetics on European populations, and more.