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Amplion Biomarker Engine

Amplion has launched Biomarker Engine, a proprietary platform for rapidly gathering, filtering, and annotating biomarker information. The platform is an end-to-end workflow tool that has modules for pulling in unstructured and structured data, filtering and highlighting the data, annotating the data, and learning from the annotations. The biomarker engine uses natural language processing and machine learning. It is being deployed initially in BiomarkerBase to expand the coverage of biomarkers in clinical trials, said Amplion in a statement. 

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.