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Myriad Genetics Prequel

Myriad Genetics commercially launched an enhanced version of the Prequel Prenatal Screen. The enhanced noninvasive prenatal screen analyzes 23 chromosome pairs instead of the standard five chromosomes (13, 18, 21, X and Y) it previously gauged. According to the company, the ability to assess additional chromosomes enhances the test's clinical utility by improving aneuploidy detection by 30 percent. Myriad is combining the NIPS Prequel tests with its Foresight Carrier Screen and is marketing them to all female patients, including women who have a high body mass index, are an ovum donor, or have a twin pregnancy. The expanded offering will be available for doctors to order on Feb. 19. 

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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.