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Thermo Fisher Applied Biosystems Converge Software

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched Applied Biosystems Converge Software, an integrated system designed to centralize all forensic, paternity, and kinship data under one powerful solution. The software streamlines and integrates day-to-day operations, but also reduces the number of manual steps involved in running the program, the company said. The platform is also expandable to enable future applications such as next-generation sequencing data analysis.

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.