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Roche Cobas SARS-CoV-2 Variant Set 1 Test

Roche has launched its Cobas SARS-CoV-2 Variant Set 1 Test for research use only to detect mutations in virus variants associated with increased human-to-human transmission. It detects and differentiates three mutations found in the UK B.1.1.7, South Africa B.1.351, and Brazil P.1 variants. Mutations E484K, N501Y, and del 69-70 for these variants are found in the spike protein and may be linked to increased disease transmissibility. 

The RT-PCR test runs on the high-throughput Cobas 6800/8800 systems and contains the necessary primers and probes in the 384-test cassette. 

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.