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Some of the firms will receive money to speed up test development, while others will use the funds to expand their testing and manufacturing capacity.

A computational method, coupled with PCR analysis and RNA-seq, helped researchers pinpoint several drugs that could be repurposed to fight COVID-19.

While the market ditched shares of many other diagnostics firms, analysts said the reaction was overblown, particularly in the case of Quidel and molecular diagnostics players.

Up to 35 private and public labs in France will be able to use UgenTec's FastFinder analysis software to scale up testing for SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens.

Fluidigm's Advanta Dx SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR assay is an extraction-free saliva-based test to detect nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The assay uses RT-PCR and next-generation sequencing to detect coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acids from upper respiratory nasal specimens.

Zymo Research said that the Quick SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR kit includes ready-to-use reaction mixtures that reduce hands-on time and eliminate human errors during the set-up process.

The firm had been distributing BGI's SARS-CoV-2 test kit but will stop distributing it effective immediately, OpGen's CEO said.

The California-based genetic testing firm said its new lab will be able to process 20,000 tests per day and will initially focus on COVID-19 testing.

The test could be used in most high-complexity labs because it has been authorized for use with different combinations of frequently used reagents and instruments.  

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NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.

In Science this week: approach to isolated trace DNA from archaic humans from sediments, and more.

Texas Monthly looks into the DNA Zoo being collected by Baylor College of Medicine researchers.