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Accelr8 Shares up 60 Percent on MRSA Dx Patent Allowance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Shares in Accelr8 were up more than 60 percent this afternoon after the company said the US Patent and Trademark Office gave it a notice of allowance on the first patent related to its diagnostic platform.
 
Shares in the company were up 1.36 at $3.82 in late-afternoon trading today.
 
The company said the methods covered by the patent will enable its BACcel system to "quickly identify major multiple-drug-resistant bacteria and their resistance mechanisms."
 
The patent news comes a day after the Journal of the American Medical Association published a paper stating that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections are more widespread than previously thought, and may kill more US citizens each year than AIDS.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.