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In Brief This Week: Luminex; Quest Diagnostics; Rosetta Genomics; Med BioGene

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Luminex this week said that it xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel has been CE Marked. The PCR-based panel simultaneously detects and identifies 15 parasitic, bacterial, and viral pathogens, accounting for 95 percent of all gastrointestinal infections. The test can run on the firm's Magpix and Luminex 100/200 systems.

Luminex said that it intends to file for regulatory approval of the panel in the US and Canada, but did not provide a timeline for such filings.

Quest Diagnostics said that its Simplexa C. difficile Universal Direct test has been CE Marked. The test runs on the 3M Integrated Cycler and can process up to 94 patient specimens in an hour. The test was developed by Quest's Focus Diagnostics business. Quest said that it will unveil the C. difficile test along with the Simplexa Epstein Barr Virus and BK Virus tests at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Tradeshow, which begins in Milan, Italy tomorrow.

Rosetta Genomics this week said that it has launched its US oncology sales team to commercialize its microRNA-based diagnostic tests. The initial team has four oncology sales specialists, each of whom has a minimum of nearly 20 years of relevant sales experience, said Rosetta. The firm also said that it expects to expand the sales team over the coming quarters.

Med BioGene this week said that its full-year 2010 net loss was C$2.9 million (US$3 million), or C$.04 per share, compared to a 2009 net loss of C$2.1 million, or C$.04 per share. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based molecular diagnostics firm reported no revenues for either year. Its commercialization partner, Precision Therapeutics, is preparing to launch Med BioGene's first product, the LungExpress Dx, a multi-gene prognostic test for non-small-cell lung cancer.

The Scan

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.

Analysis of Endogenous Parvoviral Elements Found Within Animal Genomes

Researchers at PLOS Biology have examined the coevolution of endogenous parvoviral elements and animal genomes to gain insight into using the viruses as gene therapy vectors.

Saliva Testing Can Reveal Mosaic CNVs Important in Intellectual Disability

An Australian team has compared the yield of chromosomal microarray testing of both blood and saliva samples for syndromic intellectual disability in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.