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Children's Hospital Los Angeles OncoKids

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has launched OncoKids, a next-generation sequencing-based panel that detects mutations, gene amplification, and gene fusions for a full range of pediatric cancers including leukemias, bone and soft tissue tumors, and brain tumors. It only requires a small amount of DNA and RNA (20ng) isolated from fresh, frozen, or formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue. The test was developed in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific and uses the Ion Torrent S5 sequencing platform and Ion AmpliSeq technology.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.