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Qiagen QiaStat-Dx

Qiagen announced the European launch of the QiaStat-Dx platform during the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Madrid. The company also launched the first test on the system, a 21-pathogen respiratory panel. QiaStat-Dx is a fully integrated and automated molecular testing system based on real-time PCR. It can detect up to 48 viral and bacterial targets simultaneously, enabled by microfluidic test casettes coupled with a six-wavelength optical sensor. There are also plans for the instrument to run immunoassays based on time-resolved fluorescence detection. The system, previously developed by StatDx as the DiagCore, received CE marking in January, prior to Qiagen's acquisition of StatDx.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.