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FDA to Review Roche RT-PCR Dx for HIV, Hepatitis in Donated Blood and Plasma

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US Food and Drug Administration will review a Roche Diagnostics test designed to diagnose HIV and hepatitis infections in donated blood and plasma, Roche said Wednesday.
 
The cobas TaqScreen MPX test is a real-time PCR-based single-multiplex assay that if approved would be used to detect HIV types 1 and 2 and hepatitis viruses C and B.
 
The tests would function on Roche’s cobas s 201 platform.

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Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.

Analysis of Endogenous Parvoviral Elements Found Within Animal Genomes

Researchers at PLOS Biology have examined the coevolution of endogenous parvoviral elements and animal genomes to gain insight into using the viruses as gene therapy vectors.

Saliva Testing Can Reveal Mosaic CNVs Important in Intellectual Disability

An Australian team has compared the yield of chromosomal microarray testing of both blood and saliva samples for syndromic intellectual disability in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.