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Biocartis Idylla MSI Assay

Biocartis announced today that it has launched its automated Idylla MSI assay. The research-use-only assay provides information on the microsatellite instability-status of a tumor in about 150 minutes from one slice of FFPE tumor tissue without requiring a reference sample. The assay includes a set of seven MSI biomarkers, including ACVR2A, BTBD7, DID01, MRE11, RYR3, SEC31A, and SULF2 genes. 

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.