A year ago in Genome Technology, a feature story checked into immunoPCR as an up-and-coming diagnostic tool. Only 15 years old, the technique couples an antibody-based detection assay with real-time PCR, allowing for the detection of proteins and viruses in very small concentrations. At the time, TATAA's Mikael Kubista was tweaking his PSA test to use immunoPCR instead of ELISA, and just one company — Chimera Biotec — was selling customized immunoPCR kits.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

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