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Immucor MIA FORA NGS HLA Typing Assay

Immucor has launched the MIA FORA NGS FLX HLA Typing assay that provides comprehensive coverage of up to 11 HLA genes. The assay provides whole gene coverage all major HLA gene regions, including whole gene coverage for HLA-A, B, C, DPA1, DQA1, and DQB1; all exons and introns for HLA-DRB1, 3, 4, 5 except partial coverage for exon 6 and intron 1; and all exons and introns between exons  and 4 for HLA-DPB1. Clinicians can prep and sequence the sample in less than 24 hours, and have the option to choose between a 5, 6, 9, or 11 gene kit for testing.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.