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Vela Diagnostics Sentosa SQ HCV Genotyping Assay

Vela Diagnostics has launched a new version of its Sentosa SQ HCV Genotyping Assay with improved reporting and data-interpretation features. The test uses next-generation sequencing to detect HCV genotypes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and subtypes 1a and 1b, and to report HCV variants in clinically relevant regions of NS3, NS5A and NS5B genes to allow drug-resistance assessment. This assay offers an integrated solution from sample to result in approximately two days with hands-on time of less than 2.5 hours.

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Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.