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NuProbe VarMap Panels

Houston-based sample preparation firm NuProbe has launched its VarMap targeted next-generation sequencing product line. NuProbe's first target enrichment assays include multi-gene panels for non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma. They require 500x sequencing depth to detect and quantitate tumor-specific mutations at 0.1 percent variant allele frequency. The assays allow for detection of low-abundance tumor-specific mutations to help with therapy selection and minimal residual disease monitoring, the company said.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.