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Mesa Biotech RSV

San Diego, California-based molecular diagnostics developer Mesa Biotech has launched a respiratory syncytial virus test on its sample-to-answer point-of-care PCR system, the Acula. The RSV test is the second test on the system, which also runs an influenza A/B test and is exclusively marketed in the US by Sekisui under the Silaris brand. It was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration and CLIA-waived last year for diagnostic use in both children and adults.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.