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Research teams saw a significant number of SARS-CoV-2 infections during an aircraft carrier outbreak and in Marine recruits undergoing strict quarantine.

The assay underwent clinical validation at three centers in Singapore and 5,248 patients were ultimately screened using the test.

The firm reported $2 billion in third-quarter revenues related to the COVID-19 response, accounting for 23 percent of its overall revenues.

The company reported net income of $1.93 billion, or $4.84 per share, compared to $760 million, or $1.89 per share, for the year-ago quarter.

A recent study showed that a method called affine transformation can be used to increase the number of true positive qPCR samples detected.

The firm presented data at the European Society for Medical Oncology Virtual Congress last weekend showing how its method could identify signs of early-stage cancers. 

The firm said its coronavirus assay targets the nucleocapsid and envelope virus genes and is compatible with most RNA extraction methods and qPCR instruments.

Using exome-enriched RNA sequencing and machine learning, researchers tracked down a set of circulating maternal transcripts for predicting severe early-onset preeclampsia.

Roche will have non-exclusive access to SpeeDx's existing tests and technology to enable expansion of diagnostic products for antibiotic resistance in STIs.

The test detects SARS-CoV-2 from nasopharyngeal swab specimens and runs on standard qPCR instruments, including Thermo Fisher's Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast machine.

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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.