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GeneMatrix Garners FDA Emergency Use Authorization for SARS-CoV-2 Test

NEW YORK – The US Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that South Korean molecular diagnostic firm GeneMatrix received Emergency Use Authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 molecular test. 

The company's NeoPlex COVID-19 Detection Kit uses RT-PCR to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid from upper and lower respiratory specimens, including nasal swabs, sputum, and tracheal aspirates.

The test can be performed by high-complexity CLIA-certified laboratories.

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Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.