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Agena UltraSeek Lung and Colon Panels

Agena Bioscience has launched the UltraSeek Lung and Colon panels for the detection of somatic mutations from lung and colon cancers. The panels enable mutation profiling of circulating tumor DNA and circulating tumor cells from plasma and solid tumor tissue. They also target mutations of known significance in BRAF, EGFR, ERBB2, KRAS, NRAS, and PIK3CA genes. The panels can work with DNA extracted from a single 10 mL blood draw and can detect mutations as low as 0.1 percent minor allele frequency, the company said.

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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.