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Thermo Fisher Scientific Oncomine Comprehensive Assay Plus

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Oncomine Comprehensive Assay Plus for the detection of targeted and immuno-oncology biomarkers. The assay, designed for solid tumors, covers more than 500 genes and enables analysis of both DNA and RNA in a single workflow. It detects single nucleotide variants, indels, copy number variants, gene fusions, and splice variants and is suitable for microsatellite instability (MSI) and tumor mutational burden (TMB) assessment. The assay requires 1 ng DNA/RNA input and fits seamlessly into existing Thermo Fisher Ion Chef and Ion GeneStudio system workflows.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.