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Cartagenia's BenchLab NGS

Cartagenia has upgraded its Bench Lab NGS software to enable laboratories to implement the recently released ACMG/AMP recommendations for standards and guidelines on the interpretation of sequence variants. 

According to the company, Bench Lab NGS now includes a framework for labeling and scoring variants based on the criteria and levels of evidence in the ACMG paper. Labs can also put together a variant assessment pipeline that represents their own implementation of the ACMG guidelines.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.