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Grifols AlphaID

Grifols has lunched the AlphaID, a cheek swab for use by doctors to screen patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a rare, life-threatening genetic condition. Grifols said the swab is completely free, "from ordering to results," and leverages a US Food and Drug Administration-approved genotyping assay to screen for the 14 most prevalently reported genetic mutations associated with the condition, including the S,Z,F, and I alleles, as well as rare and null alleles. 

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.