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Nonacus Whole-Genome Sequencing Service for SARS-CoV-2 Testing Laboratories

Nonacus, based in Birmingham, UK, has launched a new service for whole-genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2, developed under a grant from Innovate UK to support the UK government's test-to-release scheme. All international arrivals to the UK are required to take a test on days two and eight of their quarantine period for variant surveillance. Day-two samples shown to be positive from qRT-PCR testing will have the SARS-CoV-2 genomes sequenced to look for novel variants. Nonacus' new service will support this scheme and enable monitoring of the disease, the company said.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.