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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Becton Dickinson announced today that it has signed a development and global distribution agreement with Euroclone for molecular tests to detect emerging sexually transmitted diseases.

The molecular assays in development will provide an increased likelihood of patients receiving proper diagnoses and therapy whether or not they exhibit symptoms. The assays will also bolster antimicrobial stewardship in clinical laboratories and help institutions comply with European STI screening guidelines.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.