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NanoString RNA:Protein PanCancer Immune Profiling Panel

NanoString has launched the nCounter RNA:Protein PanCancer Immune Profiling Panel.

The entire nCounter line of instruments can analyze the panel, which measures both RNA and protein expression in samples containing as few as 150,000 cells. The new panel combines the measurement of 30 proteins with 770 RNA measurements specifically for immuno-oncology studies. The RNA measurements look at genes indicated in the hallmarks of cancer and the protein measurements focus on cell surface and immune checkpoint targets.

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.