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Trovagene NextCollect Kit

Trovagene has announced that its NextCollect urine collection and DNA preservation kit is now available, for research use only, to clinical research laboratories and pharmaceutical customers. The kit is a high-volume urine specimen collection and stabilization tool, and is available for both existing contracted clients and to new customers through an online web portal, the company said. 

Additionally, Trovagene said that it plans to make DNA Isolation Buffer Kits that complement NextCollect available in early 2018, using methods developed as part of the firm's Trovera ctDNA tests.

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.