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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

Omicron's Emergence

The World Health Organization has called Omicron a SARS-CoV-2 "variant of concern," the Los Angeles Times writes.

Not as Much

Merck's pill to treat COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by less than previously reported, the New York Times says.

Bats That Hang Together

Discover magazine writes that researchers have found a social microbiome among vampire bats.

PLOS Papers on CEWAS, Simian Varicella Virus Transcriptome, Dermatomyositis Markers

In PLOS this week: multi-omic approach to home in on genetic risk variants, transcriptomic analysis of the simian varicella virus, and more.