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Sirona Dx Oncocyst PD-L1

Sirona Dx has announced the launch of its Oncocyst PD-L1 assay. The tool uses IncellDx technology to detect and quantify abnormal bladder cells and immune cells from urine cytology specimens that express the immune-oncology marker PD-L1 using multi-parameter flow cytometry and bioinformatics. Sirona's algorithm uses aneuploidy/DNA content in cells from the bladder. Researchers can perform the high-throughput, non-subjective assay in less than three hours, the firm said.

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.