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FDA Gives Nod for Siemens HCV Monitoring Test

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a hepatitis C viral load assay made by Siemens Healthcare that can help physicians to monitor the disease, the company said today.
 
Siemens said its Versant 440 Molecular System was approved for marketing and for use with the company’s Versant HCV RNA 3.0 assay for management of HCV-infected patients.
 
The Versant 440 viral load measurement system integrates bar code data entry, automated reagent processing, signal amplification detection, and a lab information system interface.
 
The system received its CE Mark in September 2006, and has been launched in Europe, Africa and in parts of Asia and in the Americas, the company said.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.