Tech Review highlights a test from Adnavance that can detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus without culturing the bacteria or amplifying the DNA. Instead, the Adnavance test is built on top of a gold electrode that is covered with a proprietary marker. The marker binds MRSA and when a current flows through the gold electrode, it attracts the DNA. CEO Randy White says they plan to launch the test in 2011 at a price of about $60.

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An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

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