University of London Bird, Reptile DNA Sequences Used to Reconstruct Genome of Dinosaur Ancestor Using bioinformatic and molecular cytogenetic approaches, researchers retraced ancestral "diapsid" reptile genome patterns from extant bird and reptile genomes. GWAS Yields New Loci Linked to Lung Function, Smoking Behavior Data for tens of thousands of UK Biobank participants revealed an overlapping set of variants involved in airflow obstruction in heavy and never smokers. QuantuMDx, U of London Lead New Malaria Dx Consortium NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new consortium has been launched in Europe with the goal of developing a handheld molecular diagnostic device to test for malaria. International Research Team Publishes qPCR Guidelines The AACC and ARUP Laboratories announced the publication of new consensus guidelines aimed at improving and standardizing the way qPCR studies are done and reported. Breaking News FDA Revises SARS-CoV-2 Test Emergency Use Authorization Requirements to Account for Variants Geisinger Wins $5M NIH Grant to Develop Point-of-Care Genetic Diagnostic Tool Second Genome, Virginia Commonwealth University Partner on NASH Biomarker Discovery LGC Receives CE Mark for AccuPlex SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B, RSV Reference Material Kit Esophageal Cancer Testing Firm Lucid Diagnostics Files For IPO Twist Bioscience, DeepCDR Collaborate on Antibody Library Design The Scan Booster for At-Risk The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk. Preprints OK to Mention Again Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications. Hundreds of Millions More to Share The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post. Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.