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Madeleine covers PCR, nucleic acid amplification, and sample prep technologies for GenomeWeb.
Bringing testing closer to patients could be helpful, provided enough tests and instruments can be manufactured and distributed.
Droplet digital PCR tests for SARS-CoV-2 can potentially detect the very low viral loads seen in asymptomatic and convalescent cases.
The agency provided an overview of its policies regarding COVID-19 test regulations, as well as additional color and clarification, in a webinar.
The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics is tracking commercial coronavirus diagnostics development project, with the goal of guiding procurement.
A number of manufacturers say that the shortage of swabs and transport media for facilitating SARS-CoV-2 testing that clinicians are facing will soon abate.
Test makers are preparing to ramp up production of new SARS-CoV-2 assays and designated testing systems in anticipation of increased demand.
The firm will be validating the test with collaborators in China, and plans to pursue Emergency Use Authorization both in China and the US.
Directing lab-developed tests through the emergency use authorization process has brought to light reagent supply shortages and other hurdles.
SARS-CoV-2 viral material is available for test validation, and the FDA is conducting a rolling review process with an abbreviated submission template.
The agency issued guidance noting that labs can test only the most challenging sample type and can use inactivated virus spiked into negative samples.
Nature News reports that genomics is being applied to trace and try to prevent additional COVID-19 waves.
Rady's Children Hospital and San Diego County are teaming up to test pediatric patients and their families for COVID-19 to gauge the spread of the virus locally, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Wildlife managers aim to boost the genetic diversity of Mexican gray wolves by placing captive-born foster pups into packs with similarly aged wild pups, the Mercury News reports.
In Science this week: Genetic Probability tool identifies likely diagnoses in 45 percent of inflammatory arthritis cases, and more.