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NuProbe VarTrace Sanger Assays

NuProbe Global has launched VarTrace Sanger assays for ultrasensitive detection and quantification of cancer mutations with variant allele frequencies down to 0.1 percent. The company specifically launched three assays covering EGFR mutations for non-small-cell lung cancer; BRAF mutations for melanoma and thyroid cancer; and FLT3, DNMT3A, IDH1, IDH2, KIT, NPM1 mutations for acute myeloid leukemia. The assays are based on the firm's proprietary blocker displacement amplification (BDA) technology, and are compatible with both cell-free DNA from blood plasma and tissue samples including formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, NuProbe said.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.