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Thermo Fisher Scientific Axiom Africa Array

Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the commercial launch of the Applied Biosystems Axiom Africa Arrray for medical and population genomics to accelerate and support initiatives in global health and population research. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Thermo Fisher co-developed the array, which  captures genome-wide variation in African populations, as well as Asian and European populations. The array leverages content from the African Genome Resource, and as such contains 925,000 variants, tagging at least 90 percent of common genetic variation in 12 African populations. It also includes pre-selected evidence-based genetic variants important in the context of disease research and pharmacogenomics in global populations. 

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.