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Vela Diagnostics Zika Virus RT-PCR Test

Vela Diagnostics has launched the Zika Virus RT-PCR Test to be used on the firm's Sentosa PCR workflow. The test can be used in conjunction with the company's other tropical infectious disease tests. Vela previously launched the CE-IVD Sentosa SA Chikungunya RT-PCR Test and the Sentosa Dengue I-IV RT-PCR Test as part of its Tropical Infections Panel. The Zika test is currently research-use-only. Vela will provide Zika virus primer and probe sequences, positive controls, and other reagents to collaborators who are interested in testing the assay as part of its clinical validation studies, the company said in a statement.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.