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Cepheid's BCR-ABL Ultra

Cepheid has begun shipping the CE-IVD marked Xpert BCR-ABL Ultra test to quantitate mRNA transcripts in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia undergoing tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment. The assay is an updated version of the Xpert BCR-ABL Monitor test that provides increased sensitivity, the firm said. It is aligned to the International Scale on a lot-to-lot basis, increasing reliability of comparisons between labs, and uses the Cepheid GeneXpert system to deliver results in less than two and a half hours. 

The Scan

Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says.

But Not Harm

New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare.

Effectiveness Drop Anticipated

Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports.

Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks

In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.