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Ambry Genetics +RNAinsight

Ambry Genetics has launched +RNAinsight, a combined DNA and RNA genetic test for hereditary cancer syndromes that is designed to return more certain results to patients by using RNA sequencing to definitively classify otherwise ambiguous genetic alterations. While the RNA aspect of the test does not include all known cancer risk genes, it does focus on a subset that includes BRCA1 and 2, TP53, PTEN, and PALB2, among others. Ambry said that the turnaround time for the combined test matches the company's DNA-only hereditary cancer panel.

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Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.