Shortage of RNA extraction kits threatens coronavirus testing The weak link in the U.S. response to diagnostic testing for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 could be a shortage of RNA extraction kits. Fortunately, suppliers of RNA purification kits are working overtime to get more kits into circulation, according to Alice Kan of Strategic Directions International. Discuss
Dante Labs offers free whole-genome sequencing services to scientists Dante Labs, an Italy-based commercial genomics laboratory, announced it has started a program to support global scientific research on the novel coronavirus. As part of this program, the company will be offering 200 free human whole-genome sequencing tests to scientists working on coronavirus-related research.
National Postdoctoral Association cancels meeting due to COVID-19 Yet another scientific meeting has been canceled as a result of the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. On March 10, the National Postdoctoral Association made the decision to cancel its annual conference scheduled to take place in San Diego on March 27-29.
AACR 2020 annual meeting postponed Due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, on March 10 the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) decided to reschedule its 2020 annual meeting, planned for April 24-29 in San Diego.
ACS cancels national meeting The American Chemical Society (ACS) has decided to cancel its spring 2020 conference scheduled for March 22-26 in Philadelphia.
Major bioprocessing conference in Calif. postponed The Bioprocess International West 2020 Conference has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of medical and scientific meetings around the world.
Supercomputer reveals potential compounds against coronavirus Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used the Summit supercomputer to identify 77 small-molecule drug compounds that potentially target the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is responsible for the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.
WHO ups coronavirus mortality rate to 3.4% The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its estimate of the mortality rate of patients infected with the novel coronavirus to 3.4% globally, up from a 2.3% death rate made in previous estimates.