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Berkeley Lights' Beacon Platform

Berkeley Lights has launched its Beacon platform, which accelerates cell line development and empowers immuno-oncology research. The new platform is powered by BLI's OptoSelect technology, which enables the precise movement, positioning, and interaction of cells on an opto-fluidic chip. Its automated workflows can shorten the typical development timeline by as much as three months, the company said. The platform also enables researchers to work at a single cell level with B-cells, multiple types of T-cells, myeloid cells, and other cells of interest.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.