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The researchers also found SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies in Thai bats and pangolins, suggesting that the progenitor virus may have originated outside of China.

The assay kit also received interim authorization from Health Canada on Jan. 21 and will be used by a large Canadian provincial authority.

The firm expects to increase commercial coverage for its pigmented lesion assay for melanoma while widening its pipeline to diagnose other varieties of skin cancer.

The pace of development for CRISPR-based infectious disease assays increased as the pandemic progressed, more funding became available, and collaboration accelerated. 

The two new tests, which have the capability to quantify a patient's viral load, have been designed without external RNA extraction or amplification steps.

The agency also helped fund the development of the Revogene SARS-CoV-2 assay, which detects RNA targets directly from viral transport media without pre-dilution.

The panel simultaneously tests for SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses A and B, while a second analysis detects for human respiratory syncytial virus and human metapneumovirus.

The PCR-based kit allows laboratories to test for the diseases, which share clinical symptoms, in approximately three hours.

The EUA from FDA is the first for a diagnostic test for at-home, self-collection of patient samples for detecting the coronavirus and the flu.

The company plans to increase the capacity of its CLIA-certified laboratory to about 100,000 SARS-CoV-2 tests per day by the end of 2020.

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The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.

CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.

In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.