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Biolog Gets Grant to Develop Bioterror Agent Detection Tools

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Biolog said today that it has received a $2.28 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop bacterial identification tools using its Phenotype MicroArray cellular assay technology.

The tools, said the Hayward, Calif.-based company, will allow microbiology labs to detect and identify a variety of bacterias, including ones that could be used for bioterrorism.

The Scan

Researchers Compare WGS, Exome Sequencing-Based Mendelian Disease Diagnosis

Investigators find a diagnostic edge for whole-genome sequencing, while highlighting the cost advantages and improving diagnostic rate of exome sequencing in EJHG.

Researchers Retrace Key Mutations in Reassorted H1N1 Swine Flu Virus With Avian-Like Features

Mutations in the acidic polymerase-coding gene boost the pathogenicity and transmissibility of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses, a PNAS paper finds.

Genome Sequences Reveal Evolutionary History of South America's Canids

An analysis in PNAS of South American canid species' genomes offers a look at their evolutionary history, as well as their relationships and adaptations.

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.