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Bio-Rad, HealthLinx

Bio-Rad Laboratories this week launched the ProteinChip SELDI Standardization Suite, which is “designed to ensure that ProteinChip SELDI systems provide consistent, reproducible results over time, operators, and locations,” the company said in a statement.
The suite includes the ProteinChip System Starter kit serving as a training tool; ProteinChip Data Manager Software 3.5; ProteinChip OQ kit for use in regulated laboratories to perform detector calibration and show system reader compliance to nine operational specifications for sensitivity, resolution, and mass accuracy; ProteinChip System Check kit for detector compliance and to show reader compliance to four operational specifications for sensitivity and resolution; ProteinChip Detector Calibration kit; ProteinChip Peptide Mass Calibration kit; and ProteinChip SELDI System Components Upgrade service.

Australian diagnostics firm HealthLinx and partner ARL Pathology this launched the OvPlex early stage ovarian cancer test. HealthLinx said it is the first test of its kind.
OvPlex detects the presence of five protein biomarkers linked to ovarian caner in patient blood samples. HealthLinx claims that its biomarker panel can detect cancer with greater accuracy than the CA125 biomarker.

The test is initially being made available through general practitioners in Melbourne and costs A$200.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.