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NanoDetection Technology, Three Academic Labs to Co-Develop Bird Flu Detector

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - NanoDetection Technology and three academic research centers plan to develop an onsite avian influenza detection system, the company said today. 
 
The partners are the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 
 
The technology is based on a biochip that detects photons produced as a result of DNA hybridization or protein conjugation, which constitutes a “positive” result.
 
NanoDetection said the detector is “chemistry and sample agnostic,” meaning that the same biochip “can conduct multiple, simultaneous tests and can use most biological and environmental samples.”
 
NanoDetection Technology CEO Charlie Barnett said the detector’s test results would not require any sophisticated analysis.
 
Additional details were not disclosed.

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.