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13th April 2021  Product update: various sources as indicated

Special Focus on Molecular Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Variants


SARS-CoV-2 is constantly mutating around the world, and some of these changes enable the virus to enter our cells more easily, evade our antibody response, and replicate in greater numbers. All these factors make it more transmissible and potentially more harmful to the elderly and immunocompromised.

As a consequence of these genetic changes in the spike and nucleocapsid protein, molecular testing is becoming increasingly difficult. RT-qPCR kit manufacturers are adapting to the situation by commercializing new test kits that detect not only multiple genes but also mutations that are prevalent in 'Variants of Concern' (VOC), ensuring laboratories are detecting all lineages in circulation.

COVID-19 testing laboratories need a whole arsenal of variant detection methods to avoid any false- negatives slipping through the net. Reach out to suppliers of COVID-19 RT-qPCR testing equipment included in this special focus on SARS-CoV-2 variants and make sure your lab is prepared for the unexpected. 

Detecting SARS-CoV-2 Variant Types with VIRType SARS-CoV-2 Kits

Detecting SARS-CoV-2 Variant Types with VIR<em>Type </em>SARS-CoV-2 Kits

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis Eurofins GeneScan Technologies GmbH has developed a comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 solution as well as the highly specific VIRType RT-PCRs for the detection of the main variants of concern.
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PCR Products You Can Rely On – Expanded Range from PCR Biosystems 

PCR Products You Can Rely On – Expanded Range from PCR Biosystems 

PCR Biosystems is committed to providing researchers, developers, and diagnostics manufacturers with the PCR products they need in the global response to COVID-19. Discover how to boost the accuracy and sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 detection.
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Specific PCR-based Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Including New Variants

Specific PCR-based Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Including New Variants

The EURORealTime SARS-CoV-2 from EUROIMMUN provides fast and highly specific detection of SARS-CoV-2 including the new lineages B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1. The assay is available as a single parameter test or in combination with Influenza A/B.
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Skip Extraction of SARS-CoV-2 with MicroLYSIS-RNA

Skip Extraction of SARS-CoV-2 with MicroLYSIS-RNA

MicroLYSIS RNA is a powerful reagent for COVID-19 testing by releasing RT-qPCR-ready RNA from a range of samples that include: swabs, viral transport medium, and saliva. The resulting lysate is ready for RT-qPCR testing. 
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B.1.1.7, B.1.351, & P-1 Inactivated Whole Virus SARS-CoV-2 Variants

B.1.1.7, B.1.351, & P-1 Inactivated Whole Virus SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Microbiologics offers high titer inactivated whole virus RUO materials for B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and other SARS-CoV-2 variants.
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Three Major SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Three Major SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Bioperfectus COVID-19 Coronavirus Real-Time PCR Kit and COVID-19 Coronavirus and Influenza A/B Virus Real-Time PCR Kit can maintain their effectiveness and accuracy in the face of developing variants. Read this overview on SARS-CoV-2 variants to find out more. 
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Reagent Resource for Studying SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Reagent Resource for Studying SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Sino Biological has developed 80+ recombinant RBD/Spike, and N protein mutants carrying the mutations of high interest, such as N501Y and E484K identified in three fast-spreading SARS-CoV-2 variants, U.K. B.1.1.7, Brazil P.1, and South Africa B.1.351.
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New Wastewater Testing Service for Community-wide Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 Variants

New Wastewater Testing Service for Community-wide Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Zymo Research is now offering community-wide SARS-CoV-2 detection and variant tracking with the Environ COVID-19 Wastewater Testing Service. The new service allows tracking of viral variants & vaccine resistance with a single sample.
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Launch of CE-Marked Test to Detect Multiple COVID-19 Variants of Concern

Launch of CE-Marked Test to Detect Multiple COVID-19 Variants of Concern

Novacyt has launched its SNPsig® VariPLEX™, a CE-Marked PCR assay panel that is able to detect the four COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) that are currently recognized and the two most biologically significant mutations in a single kit.
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Molecular Solution to Detect SARS-CoV-2 Variants: B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.351 (South Africa)

Molecular Solution to Detect SARS-CoV-2 Variants: B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.351 (South Africa)

The Gold Standard Diagnostics Group is pleased to announce the launch of two validated assays for the identification of B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.351 (South Africa) variants with a short turn-around time.
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Date Published: 13th April 2021

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