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MD Biosciences Zika Test

MD Biosciences, a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based clinical and diagnostic services lab, has announced the availability of a rapid nucleic acid assay to detect Zika virus in blood and urine samples. The lab-developed test takes a few hours to run, is specific for the Zika virus, and was shown not to cross react with dengue, West Nile, or Chikunguya viruses. 

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.