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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

Taking Stock of the Stockpile

The US and European countries are evaluating their smallpox vaccine stockpiles as the number of monkeypox cases increases, the Washington Post reports.

Vitamin D From Tomatoes

According to Reuters, researchers in the UK have gene-edited tomatoes so their fruit contains vitamin D.

Cause Not Yet Spotted

NPR reports that a new study was unable to find a cause for persistent long COVID symptoms.

PNAS Papers on Central African Hunter-Gatherers, Myopia Development, Ancient Microtia Allele

In PNAS this week: population patterns among Central African hunter gatherers, effect of myopia-linked gene variant, and more.