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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

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.