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Roche Avenio Millisect System

Roche announced the commercial availability of the Avenio Millisect System, a tissue dissection instrument that utilizes an automated digitally assisted process to isolate clinically relevant cells from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue slides. The system is designed to address tissue dissection challenges in clinical labs where manual dissection lacks consistency and precision, and laser capture microscopy is cumbersome and costly, Roche said. Optimized to fit easily into a variety of clinical workflow configurations, the system allows precise and consistent recovery of regions of interest for molecular pathology, improving the results of diagnostic testing by reducing false negatives and allowing identification of additional potential therapeutic targets. The Avenio Millisect System is an IVD labeled medical device and is now available in the US and countries accepting the CE mark.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.