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The Maverick instrument enables calibration-free multiplex testing in the field and is supported by cloud-based software.

The PCR test is the first offering from the firm, formerly known as Concepta, since it acquired Manchester-based startup The Genome Store in November.

Called the COVID Bubble Test, the UK-based service allows the testing of up to 10 people on a single cartridge for £100, or £10 per person.

The assay can be used to pool up to five specimens collected from individuals suspected of having COVID-19 or from asymptomatic patients.

The firms had planned to develop the assay on Biocartis' Idylla platform, which would have allowed customers to perform the assay locally in their own lab facilities.

Qiagen said that growth in the quarter was primarily driven by COVID-19 testing products and improving customer demand for other products.

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

Avapritinib is sold by Blueprint Medicines as Ayvakit for the treatment of adults with unresectable or metastatic GIST harboring a PDGFRA exon 18 mutation.

The companies are positioning the test, called SeptiCyte Rapid, for use in triaging COVID-19 patients who could be at greater risk for progressing to sepsis.

 

The PCR viral load test runs on the Cobas 6800/8800 systems and has been calibrated to the World Health Organization International Standard, Roche said.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.