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Thermo Fisher Minor Variant Finder software

Thermo Fisher Scientific has released Minor Variant Finder, a software tool for detecting and reporting low-frequency somatic mutations found in Sanger sequence data. According to the company, the software's improved sensitivity and noise minimization algorithm make it posible for oncologists and pathologists to call somatic variants at detection levels as low as 5 percent.

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.