NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Grifols has garnered a CE-IVD mark for ID Core XT, a bead array-based assay for molecular blood group typing, the company said this week.

Barcelona-based Grifols, which sells plasma medicines, diagnostics, and hospital pharmacy products, believes the certification of ID Core XT as an in vitro diagnostic will allow it to reach more European blood donor services and blood transfusion services at a time when they are increasingly adopting new technologies.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

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