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Roche NGS Avenio Tumor Tissue Analysis Kits

Roche has launched three next-generation sequencing Avenio tumor tissue analysis kits for oncology research: the Avenio Tumor Tissue Targeted Kit, Expanded Kit, and Surveillance Kit. The new kits complement the company's NGS ctDNA kits. They use formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue and have a workflow of five days. The Avenio Tumor Tissue Targeted Kit covers 17 genes to identify guideline-related biomarkers. The Avenio Tumor Tissue Expanded Kit is a 77-gene assay with both guideline-related and emerging biomarkers. The Avenio Tumor Tissue Surveillance Kit covers 197 genes and is intended for establishing a baseline for variants in longitudinal tumor burden monitoring.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.