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The point-of-care test is based on technology developed at the Columbia University Fertility Center for preimplantation genetic testing.

Trying a Quick Screen

Wired reports on an effort to use a loop-mediated isothermal amplification-based, or LAMP, test to screen for COVID-19 in a Wisconsin city.

For the Whole Town

A UK town is studying whether it can test its residents for COVID-19 each week, according to New Scientist.

The company is also working on a diagnostic COVID-19 test, called LamPore, that will run on its MinIon and GridIon nanopore sequencing platforms

The test does not require thermal cycling and uses a colorimetric readout, making it more amenable to high-throughput automation and rapid scale-up, the company said.

Assays like SwabSeq, Dx-Seq, and LAMP-Seq promise to analyze tens to hundreds of thousands of samples in parallel but might be constrained by sample availability.

A handful of rapid 2019-nCoV assays are in the works which could help triage patients more effectively and avoid unnecessary quarantines.

The Branford, Connecticut-based startup plans to seek US Food and Drug Administration clearance for and launch its instrument and first assays in 2021.

The Dublin, Ireland-based company plans to launch its new instrument by the end of 2021 and will pursue CLIA waiver in the US.

The company received support from a Johns Hopkins University center focused on point-of-care device development for sexually transmitted infections.

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A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.