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CPGR will be developing multiplex protein array-based antibody profiling assays and related bioinformatic analysis methods for the project with the ultimate aim of creating a biomarker signature that can be used for companion diagnostic purposes.

The study supports the idea of more widespread nucleic acid-based HIV diagnostic testing, which could be a boon for Gen-Probe and Novartis Diagnostics, which offer the only approved NAT for qualitative HIV diagnosis in the US.

Through their phylogenetic analysis of influenza A strains circulating in pigs at a Hong Kong slaughterhouse, researchers have detected viral reassortment involving the H1N1 "swine flu" virus.

The partners aim to identify biomarkers that may predict how patients react to seasonal influenza vaccinations.

Analytik Jena's subsidiary will provide SIRS-Lab an instrument and associated reagents for a sepsis test currently undergoing a clinical study.

The company, which recently raised $3 million in Series A financing, plans to file for FDA clearance for its HPV test and a test for HIV tropism.

The test, called Xpert SA Nasal Complete, is the only one designed to detect and differentiate S. aureaus and MRSA colonization in less than one hour, according to Cepheid.

Texas A&M's Raffaele Montuoro has developed a parallel version of Illumina's Genome Analysis Pipeline, called pGAP, which speeds up the analysis time by a factor of four.

"The discovery of svRNAs that play a critical role in flu virus replication opens the door for the development of novel RNA therapeutics for the treatment of flu infection, an area of major unmet need," according to an Alnylam official.

Used on the BD Max System, GBS can be identified in about hone hour in Lim broth, the company said.

The studies surmise that multiplex PCR respiratory virus assays, such as those offered by EraGen, Seegene, Luminex, and Qiagen, perform as well or better than traditional fluorescent antibody tagging and cell culture methods at detecting respiratory viruses in clinical specimens.

Simplexa, manufactured by Quest's Focus Diagnostics business, is the first test to be cleared by the FDA to aid in detecting and differentiating influenza A and 2008 H1N1 influenza viral RNA.

As a result of the 510(k) clearance, Quest's Simplexa Influenza A H1N1 test will be the only one that can be marketed after June 23 when the public emergency stemming from the virus is lifted.

In clinical studies, the test demonstrated 97.1 percent positive agreement and 100 percent negative agreement with conventional methods of testing for MRSA, AdvanDx said.

The firm said that its test is the first cleared by FDA for molecular detection of HSV.

EraGen Biosciences gets 510(k) clearance for PCR-based HSV IVD; Molecular Detection and Launch Diagnostics launch Detect-Ready MRSA assay.

The agreement covers the UK, France, and the Republic of Ireland.

China's food and drug regulator has cleared two microarray tests and an amplification test for identifying and differentiating tuberculosis.

At last week's Sample Prep 2010 meeting in Baltimore, Md., microfluidics, integration, and automation were oft-cited as future market drivers in the area of sample prep for virus, toxin, and pathogen detection.

The vote of confidence is a stepping stone for the company to seek 510(k) approval for an H1N1 test on its platform; to tackle the point-of-care diagnostic market; and to further develop tests for other infectious diseases.

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The Washington Post writes that the approval in the US of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine will be up to Peter Marks, a career official at the Food and Drug Administration.

According to ScienceInsider, the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine is planning a study of racism in academic research.

NPR reports the US loan to Eastman Kodak to boost domestic pharmaceutical production is on pause following insider trading allegations.

In Cell this week: blood immune cell changes in COVID-19 patients and spatial transcriptomics in Alzheimer's disease.