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InSource Diagnostic ToxLok

InSource Diagnostic launched ToxLok for the verification of urine-based drug tests. ToxLok uses a buccal swab along with the urine sample, and DNA markers from the swab and urine are matched. The test can identify synthetic urine and samples that may be from a friend or relative. ToxLok uses 52 genetic markers to identify each patient and urine sample. Analysis is done by qPCR and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. 

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.