hot-start PCR Vela Diagnostics Accelerates Entry Into US Microbiology Market With Great Basin Buy Premium Vela purchased Great Basin for $1.4 million in June, and will reopen its Utah-based lab, rehire employees, and commercialize the firm's infectious disease platform. Bioneer Receives CE IVD Mark for PCR Zika Detection Kit The South Korean company said the kit not only detects Zika, but is also set up to find multiple mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Chikunguya. TriLink Biotech Licenses dNTPs to Lucigen for Use in Hot Start Master Mix Premium Under the agreement, Lucigen will use the CleanAmp dNTPs in its Taq98 Hot Start 2X MasterMix. TriLink Biotech Wins $100K NIH Grant to Develop 'Hot-Start' Ligase Chain Reaction Premium TriLink hopes that these modifications will provide the same benefit as hot-start approaches for PCR; namely, a substantial improvement in specificity and performance compared to conventional LCR. PCR Product Portfolio a Key Aspect of Meridian's $23.3M Bioline Buy Premium Meridian Bioscience's acquisition of Bioline both provides Meridian a foothold in the PCR market and is expected to help drive future diagnostic development at the company. Breaking News FDA Revises SARS-CoV-2 Test Emergency Use Authorization Requirements to Account for Variants Geisinger Wins $5M NIH Grant to Develop Point-of-Care Genetic Diagnostic Tool Second Genome, Virginia Commonwealth University Partner on NASH Biomarker Discovery LGC Receives CE Mark for AccuPlex SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B, RSV Reference Material Kit Esophageal Cancer Testing Firm Lucid Diagnostics Files For IPO Twist Bioscience, DeepCDR Collaborate on Antibody Library Design The Scan Booster for At-Risk The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk. Preprints OK to Mention Again Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications. Hundreds of Millions More to Share The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post. Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.