amplification Startup Angstrom Bio Plans Saliva-Based COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Test on Nanopore Sequencing Platform Premium Angstrom Bio is developing a rapid, scalable coronavirus test that uses nanopore sequencing to detect barcoded PCR products. Adaptive Biotechnologies, Takara Bio T Cell Receptor Sequencing Methods Rank High in Benchmarking Study Premium An international team of researchers put nine immune cell sequencing methods head to head, including RNA-based and DNA-based ones, using the same T-cell sample. Helix Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for NGS-Based COVID-19 Test The in vitro diagnostic test runs on the Illumina NovaSeq 6000 instrument and will be performed at Helix's San Diego CLIA-certified laboratory. Pacific Biosciences, Asuragen Collaborate on Clinical Assays Asuragen will develop assays for PacBio's long-read next-generation sequencing systems, with an initial focus on developing a carrier screening assay. Iowa Startup FBB Biomed Pursues RNA Blood Test to Predict COVID-19 Disease Severity Premium FBB Biomed, cofounded by a diagnostics industry veteran, is attempting to develop a blood RNA test to predict COVID-19 disease severity. Jun 2, 2020 NuProbe Licenses Two Oligonucleotide Technologies from Rice University May 20, 2020 Omics-Driven Drug Discovery Firm Octant Raises $30M in Series A Financing Round May 12, 2020 Pillar Biosciences Closes $29.7M Series C Financing Round Mar 16, 2020 Qiagen, NuProbe Partner on Rare Variant Enrichment in Liquid Biopsy Tests Jan 23, 2020 Startup BioSkryb Eyes Oncology Applications for Single-Cell DNA Sequencing Premium Jan 8, 2020 BioSkryb Raises $11.5M in Seed Funding Dec 3, 2019 Illumina, ArcherDx Expand Partnership on NGS IVD Tests Mar 11, 2019 New IDT Multiplexed Target Amplification Technology Promises High Specificity Premium Jan 22, 2019 Circulating B Cell Antibody Repertoire in Healthy Individuals is Highly Diverse, Study Reveals Nov 13, 2018 Point-of-Care Molecular Diagnostic Platform That Skips Need for Amplification Being Developed at UCLA Premium Oct 26, 2018 New Zika Genomes From African, Asian Lineages Document Virus' Population Diversity Jun 15, 2018 PDL1 Amplifications Mark Subset of Solid Tumors, May Point to Checkpoint Blockade Response May 16, 2018 Dutch Researchers Develop Multiplex RT-PCR Assay to Detect Bloodstream Infections Premium Sep 28, 2016 Toyota Designs New Genotyping by Sequencing Technology Platform for Crop Research Premium Jul 14, 2016 Sequence Bio Raises $1.6M in Equity Mar 22, 2016 Researchers Sequence Chimpanzee Parasites to Learn About Evolution of Human Malaria Species Aug 27, 2015 Researchers Develop LR-PCR, NGS Combination Method to Detect PMS2 Gene Mutations Mar 18, 2015 Sygnis Inks Belgian Distribution Agreement with Sopachem for TruePrime Jan 8, 2015 Karolinska Team Demonstrates PCR-free NGS Method for Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis Premium Jul 28, 2014 FDA Clears Quidel's Amplivue Group A Strep Test Load More Breaking News Lunaphore Technologies, University of Bern Partner on Colorectal Cancer Study People in the News: New Appointments at Biocept, Novacyt, Centogene, Illumina, More In Brief This Week: Sophia Genetics, Twist Bioscience, Dante Labs, MGI, Codex DNA, More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: SpeeDx, Bio-Techne, NuProbe, More DiaSorin Q2 Revenues Rise 20 Percent on SARS-CoV-2 Testing Demand Cepheid Gets $28M From BARDA for SARS-CoV-2 Tests The Scan Interfering With Invasive Mussels The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels. Participation Analysis A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports. Right Whales' Decline A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC. Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.