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NEW YORK – Mesa Biotech has entered the clinical validation stage of a molecular diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. The test runs on the firm's handheld system, which is already CLIA waived in the US for influenza testing.

The test is currently being clinically validated in collaboration with researchers at the coronavirus reference laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control in China, the firm's CEO, Hong Cai, said in an interview.

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Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

The National Health Service is to offer Novartis's Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy later this year, according to the Guardian.

Taiwan is to launch a pilot program offering genetic testing to cancer patients, the Taipei Times reports.

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