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Twist Bioscience Twist Human Core Exome Kit

Twist Bioscience has commercially launched its Twist Human Core Exome Kit, a comprehensive library preparation and target enrichment kit. It is based on the firm's DNA synthesis technology and includes all the tools needed for library construction, target capture, and enrichment to prepare a sample for sequencing, the firm said. Twist said that as part of the kit, it will offer an option to add IntegraGen’s cloud-based platforms, Mercury and Sirius, for analysis of germline or cancer samples. In addition to the exome kit, Twist also said it has launched a custom panels offering tailored to individual customer requests.

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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.