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IncellDx PD-L1 Assay

IncellDx has released a new single-cell PD-L1 assay for research use only. The new "OncoTect iO Quantitative" test kit includes labeled antibodies to PD-L1 and CD45, CD8, and CD3 cell subsets as well as a DNA dye for cell cycle and quantitative detection of PD-L1 expression in non-small cell lung cancer tissue. According to the company, kits can be used on numerous samples types including FNA, core biopsies, and blood. The assay is also applicable to tumor types other than NSCLC including lung, bladder, and head and neck cancers.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.