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Advanced Biological Laboratories DeepChek HCV NS5B Assay

Advanced Biological Laboratories is now enrolling molecular diagnostic laboratories in an early access program for its DeepChek HCV NS5B Assay. The assay is designed to identify viral hepatitis C genotypes and subtypes from the HCV RNA NS5B gene by using custom software to interpret and report on Sanger and next-generation sequencing data. Any laboratory performing standard HCV genotyping and subtyping tests and using routine sequencing and NGS will be eligible to join the EAP, Luxembourg-based ABL said.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.