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Thermo Fisher Scientific Axiom Microbiome Array

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Applied Biosystems Axiom Microbiome Array for the detection of archaea, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses in human and other samples. The array was developed in collaboration with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and carries sequences from almost 13,000 species. Prior to commercialization, the array was used in a pilot study of the UK Biobank. 

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.