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Hologic joins Qiagen as the only firm to receive FDA clearance to sell an HPV molecular diagnostic test in the US. Hologic's shares went up and Qiagen's went down following the news.

Using bioinformatics, an American research team has found that more than a dozen species of Rickettsia bacteria — both pathogenic and non-pathogenic — share a conserved type IV secretion system.

The Center for Translational Molecular Medicine is funding eight research projects targeting cancer, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and infectious diseases.

Snippets: Mar 11, 2009

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Chronix Biomedical, Rosetta Genomics, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Center for Genome Resources, Beyond Batten Disease Research Foundation, and more ...

The Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture test is Cepheid's sixth test to receive a license from Health Canada.

Funding Update for Mar 10, 2009

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NIH Array-Related Grants Awarded Dec. 23, 2008 — March 10, 2009

Chronix Biomedical said that the current study confirms its previous research showing that CNAs can identify the presence of certain diseases in blood samples months to years before clinical symptoms appear.

Papers of Note: Mar 10, 2009

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Sequencing-Related Papers of Note, Feb. 2009

The company last month presented data showing that the test could be used to detect cancer, but more work is needed to refine the test so that it can distinguish between different types of malignancies.

Snippets: Mar 4, 2009

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DNAPrint, Laboratory Corporation of America, Duke University, Lab21, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and more …

Lab21 gains access to a phage amplification technology that it is being used to develop rapid tests for active and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology Consortium presented a vocabulary resource comprising more than 700 words focusing on microbe-host interactions. The words appear as part of eight papers is a special supplement to BMC Microbiology.

Imperial College London and its spinout DNA Electronics have created a prototype for the so-called SNP Dr., which is being developed under a £1.2 million project that also includes Pfizer.

The company plans this year to add new markers to its HERmark breast cancer test, and will try to ink more collaborations with drug makers in order to embed its VeraTag assays in cancer drug trials.

Snippets: Feb 25, 2009

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Myriad Genetics, Kinaxo Biotechnologies, Bavarian Research Foundation, European Commission, Decode Genetics, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

The pact builds on an existing relationship between the firms to develop an influenza molecular diagnostic assay for use with a HandyLab instrument.

Bioinformatics

The $3.8 million program will back assay development, screening tools, toxicity, and elucidation of 3D structures in search of HIV treatments

IP Update: Feb 19, 2009

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USPTO Publishes Six RNAi-Related Patent Applications

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Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.