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In a prospective study of children admitted to two Cape Town hospitals, researchers found that Cepheid MTB/RIF testing on two samples per child detected roughly twice as many tuberculosis cases as smear microscopy on induced sputum samples.

Alnylam said that the drug candidate is the first to incorporate the company's second-generation lipid nanoparticle technology. However, Alnylam is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with partner Tekmira Pharmaceuticals over ownership of that very delivery technology.

The study of the firm's Cologuard test is expected to include more than 10,000 patients between the ages of 50 and 84 who are at average risk for developing colorectal cancer.

The company said that it has achieved encouraging results in a preclinical study of the assay, and that if clinical trial results are equally positive it will submit the test for US Food and Drug Administration approval by the end of the summer.

The firms have begun a validation sudy of the Down syndrome test, which runs on Illumina’s HiSeq platform.

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ScienceInsider reports that rude and unprofessional paper reviewers are common and can have harmful effects.

The US Senate has confirmed Stephen Hahn as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, according to the New York Times.

CNBC reports Apple is partnering with Color Genomics to offer its employees free DNA screening for disease.

In Science this week: researchers use CRISPR tool to find gut microbiome molecules involved in immunity, and more.