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Curetis Unyvero System, Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Cartridge

Curetis has announced the US commercial launch of its molecular diagnostic Unyvero System and the Unyvero LRT Application Cartridge, a test cartridge to detect lower respiratory tract infections. The cartridge, which was cleared together with the system by the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this year, covers more than 90 percent of infection cases of hospitalized pneumonia patients, detecting pathogens and genetic resistance markers directly from aspirate samples in less than five hours.  

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.