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Illumina TruSight Oncology 500

Illumina has launched TruSight Oncology 500 (TSO 500), a pan-cancer assay to identify known and emerging biomarkers. The assay, which is for research use only and will start shipping in the first quarter of 2019, uses both DNA and RNA from tumor samples to identify somatic variants, including small variants, gene fusions, and splice variants. It can also measure tumor mutational burden and microsatellite instability. The assay covers a large number of genes as well as 1.94 megabases of the genome to measure TMB.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.