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Blueprint Genetics Whole Exome Sequencing

Blueprint Genetics is now offering whole-exome sequencing to customers in the US. The assay has a minimum mean coverage of 100-fold. On average, 98.9 percent of gene-coding regions, captured with Agilent SureSelect V6, are covered at least 15-fold. The company confirms all clinically relevant variants by Sanger sequencing and its interpretation team includes clinical experts. Turnaround time for the assay, which comes in different versions, is six to nine weeks.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.