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NEW YORK – UK molecular diagnostic firms Rapid Diagnostics and GeneFirst announced this week that they have reached a deal to validate an assay for SARS-CoV-2.

The agreement covers the validation of GeneFirst's COVID-19 assay, a point-of-care test for use on Rapid Dx's Rapid Minilab RT-PCR Desktop Point of Care Platform. The system leverages technology originally invented and developed by scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, to detect infectious diseases in 45 minutes or less.

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

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