Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Quick Viral Tracing

Researchers in Australia have found that a nanopore sequencing strategy could quickly trace the source of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, Reuters reports.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of New South Wales say a nanopore sequencing approach could trace COVID-19 infections within hours. "When a new 'mystery' coronavirus case is identified, every minute counts," senior author Ira Deveson from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research says, according to Reuters.

As Deveson and his colleagues report in Nature Communications, they compared how well Oxford Nanopore Technologies' nanopore sequencing approach and Illumina's short-read sequencing approach performed on SARS-CoV-2 samples. They note that the adoption of nanopore sequencing for this application has been limited due to accuracy concerns. They report, however, that it had high sensitivity and precision.

Co-author Bill Rawlinson from NSW Health Pathology tells the Herald that though shotgun sequencing might be more accurate, nanopore sequencing could help when a quick answer is needed.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.