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Zymo Research COVID-19 Variant Sequencing Service

Zymo Research has launched its COVID-19 Variant Sequencing Service. The workflow consists of sample collection from testing centers, automated RNA extraction using KingFisher Flex robotics, sequencing with Illumina's COVIDSeq NGS workflow including analysis with the Dragen COVIDSeq analysis pipeline, and reporting. The final report includes COVID-19 strain identification, genome sequencing coverage, confirmed mutations, consensus genome, and raw sequence files. Zymo uses its DNA/RNA Shield preservative to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stabilize its RNA.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.