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Twist Bioscience Respiratory Virus Research Panel

Twist Bioscience has launched the Twist Respiratory Virus Research Panel, a next-generation sequencing approach to detecting 29 common human respiratory viruses including SARS-CoV-2, several other coronaviruses, influenzas, rhinoviruses, and respiratory syncytial virus. The research-use-only panel will be bundled with an analysis platform from One Codex to enable a complete workflow beginning with Twist's target enrichment panel and ending with publication-ready visuals, the company said. The panel includes RNA- and DNA-based viruses in one kit with 41,047 nucleic acid probes, can detect as little as 100 copies of viral material, and has coverage of greater than 99.9 percent of the genome at 1X or greater post-enrichment.

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.