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OncoDNA NTRK Gene Fusion Assay

OncoDNA has released its OncoNTRK assay for solid or liquid biopsies analysis of tumors with potential NTRK gene fusions. According to the firm, the assay is the first commercial kit available for NTRK 1, 2, and 3 gene fusion profiling based on RNA-sequencing. OncoDNA said that the assay is particulary interesting for use in non-small cell lung cancer, pediatric glioblastoma, and thyroid cancer.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.