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Novacyt Molecular HPV Testing Service

Novacyt has launched a molecular human papillomavirus service for all of its customers currently using its next-generation NOVAprep liquid-based cytology platform for cervical cancer screening.

Novacyt will offer the new service out of its Cambridge, UK labs using Abbott's RealTime High-Risk HPV PCR assay, and customers will be able to use the same NOVAprep consumable vial and medium for both Novacyt's cytology platform and Abbott's assay. Novacyt has validated the use of the Abbott PCR assay with the NOVAprep cytology medium in cervical cancer screening for additional HPV reflex testing. HPV testing provides important information about whether a patient has an HPV infection with any of the 14 high-risk HPV types, and this information, along with the result of the Pap smear, can be useful in managing patients with inconclusive results, the company noted.

The Scan

Removal Inquiry

The Wall Street Journal reports that US lawmakers are seeking additional information about the request to remove SARS-CoV-2 sequence data from a database run by the National Institutes of Health.

Likely to End in Spring

Free lateral flow testing for SARS-CoV-2 may end in the UK by next spring, the head of Innova Medical Group says, according to the Financial Times.

Searching for More Codes

NPR reports that the US Department of Justice has accused an insurance and a data mining company of fraud.

Genome Biology Papers on GWAS Fine-Mapping Method, COVID-19 Susceptibility, Rheumatoid Arthritis

In Genome Biology this week: integrative fine-mapping approach, analysis of locus linked to COVID-19 susceptibility and severity, and more.