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Xcell NGS System for Cell-Based Assays

Xcell Biosciences said this week that the company will unveil its Avatar system at the Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference next week in San Francisco. The new system enables a new generation of cell-based assays by allowing for complete control of key physiological conditions found in the microenvironments of cells, the company said. It also overcomes the limitation of traditional cell culture to generate results that exhibit the phenotypic, genomic, and proteomic characteristics of the native sample, the company said.

The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.