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Vortex Biosciences VTX-1 Liquid Biopsy System

NetScientific portfolio company Vortex Biosciences has launched the VTX1 Liquid Biopsy System, a fully automated benchtop for collecting intact circulating tumor cells (CTCs) that are shed by tumors. It uses the company's patented microfluidic technology to isolate CTCs directly from whole blood samples and direct them into containers for downstream analysis, the company said.

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.