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Precipio ICE-COLD PCR Kit for Sanger Sequencing

Precipio has launched a second new version of its ICE-COLD PCR enrichment kit for use in Sanger Sequencing platforms. The multiplex panel allows identification of resistance mutations in the blood of patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Adaptation of the kit for Sanger sequencing is part of a larger effort by Precipio to modify its technology to be platform-agnostic, the company said. At approximately $150 per test, Precipio believes that its technology offers significant savings compared to competing assays for the same liquid biopsy application.

The Scan

Looking for Omicron

NPR reports that SARS-CoV-2 testing in the US has gotten better but also that some experts say more needs to be done to better track the Omicron variant.

Holmes Alleges Abuse

The Associated Press reports that Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes has testified at her wire fraud trial that her business and romantic partner abused her.

Bit More Diverse, But More to Do

While Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to participate in cancer clinical trials than previously, they are still underrepresented, according to US News & World Report.

PNAS Papers on Yeast Gene Silencing, Zika Virus Inhibition, Immunoglobulin Hypermutation

In PNAS this week: gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, possible neuroprotective role for SHFL in a mouse model of Zika virus infection, and more.