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New Products: New Jersey Medical School's CF Test; Baylor's Cancer Exome Test


The Institute for Genomic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has launched a Cystic Fibrosis Carrier and Diagnosis Test on the Ion Torrent PGM. The test has a 98 percent accuracy rate and costs less than $200 (see story, this issue).

Baylor College of Medicine
has launched a Cancer Exome Sequencing test through its Cancer Genetics Laboratory. The test must be ordered by a physician and has a turnaround time of 15 weeks. Baylor's Cancer Genetics Laboratory also offers Ion Torrent's AmpliSeq Cancer Panel, which targets 46 cancer genes and through its Whole Genome Laboratory offers an exome sequencing test for genetic disorders.
The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.