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Transgenomic's ICE COLD PCR for Biomarker ID

Transgenomic's Multiplexed ICE COLD PCR (MX-ICP) technology is now available as a service to pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers through the firm's Biomarker Identification business unit. MX-ICP is a highly sensitive DNA amplification technology that allows the detection of multiple mutations in multiple genes from any sample, either from a tumor biopsy or from liquids such as blood or urine. MX-ICP is validated and available for use on all sequencing platforms and can use either tissue or liquid biopsies.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.