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New Products: Claritas' ClariFocus Panel: Nephrotic Syndrome

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Claritas Genomics has launched ClariFocus Panel: Nephrotic Syndrome, a next-generation sequencing-based panel for patients with features of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. The panel uses Thermo Fisher's Ion Torrent PGM to sequence 520 coding exons and intron/exon boundaries in 28 genes involved in nephrotic syndrome. Sanger sequencing is performed to confirm variants. The test has a turnaround time of four to eight weeks.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.