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Multiplicom Somatic 2 MASTR Plus Kit

Multiplicom has released the Somatic 2 MASTR Plus kit for the detection of actionable somatic mutations in the EGFR, ERBB2, PIK3CA, PIK3R1, and PTEN genes, extending its somatic MASTR product line that already covers KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, cKIT, and PDGFRA. The somatic MASTR products are designed for amplification of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue-derived DNA. The kit requires only a limited amount of DNA and all mutations are analyzed in a single sequencing run. The quality of the DNA extracted from the FFPE tissue and the amount required per test can best be determined using Multiplicom's add-on QC Plex test, the company said.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.