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Twist Bioscience Comprehensive Viral Research Panel

Twist Bioscience has released the Twist Comprehensive Viral Research Panel, a next-generation sequencing-based, research-use only assay that includes 3,153 viral genomes and enables identification of new and divergent viral species. The product uses over a million unique probes targeting sequences compiled from RefSeq, FluDB, and VIPRdb, representing all viral families containing at least one virus known to infect humans.

The panel covers all viral types: single- and double-stranded DNA and RNA genomes. It detects viral co-infections and can be used for metagenomic surveillance applications in stool samples.

The panel will be bundled with analysis software from One Codex.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.