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BioGx CE-Marked Sexual Health Tests

BioGx recently launched five CE marked tests for sexual health running on the Becton Dickinson BD Max automated sample-to-result platform. They are the Candida Speciation GATPK assay, which is used to diagnose candida infection by detecting the presence of DNA from the species that represent approximately 95 percent of human candida infections — Candida glabrata, C. albicans, C. tropicalis, C. parapsilosis, and C. krusei; Candida-Trichomonas to diagnose candida and trichomonas infection by detecting the presence of DNA from Candida glabrata, C. albicans, C. krusei, and Trichomonas vaginalis; Lesion HSV to diagnose genital lesions by detecting the presence of DNA from HSV-1 and HSV-2; Lesion HSVHD to diagnose genital lesions by detecting the presence of DNA from HSV-1, HSV-2, and Haemophilus ducreyi; and Urinary Tract EKEGAS to diagnose urinary tract infections by detecting the presence of DNA from E. coli, Klebsiella spp., Enterococcus faecalis, and Group A Streptococcus.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.