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News items for the week of Dec. 21, 2020.
The panel simultaneously tests for SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses A and B, while a second analysis detects for human respiratory syncytial virus and human metapneumovirus.
The test, developed by BioMérieux subsidiary BioFire Defense, first received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration in March.
The firm saw 120 percent growth in the BioFire FilmArray product line driven by strong demand for a respiratory panel which can detect SARS-CoV-2.
Healthcare providers need multiplexed tests that can differentiate the flu from the coronavirus so they can treat patients quickly and appropriately.
For the second quarter, sales for its clinical applications jumped nearly 14 percent, while industrial applications fell 7 percent year over year.
According to the registry's first dataset, more than 65 million tests have been manufactured and shipped across the US.
The panel tests for 23 pathogens covering 19 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, and four bacteria that are responsible for the most frequent respiratory infections.
The firm expects organic revenue growth of approximately 11 percent at constant exchange rates compared to the second quarter last year.
A handful of recently published trials suggest that use of the pneumonia panel could lead to more targeted therapy delivered more quickly than standard methods.
Imperial College London researchers are shifting away from testing a COVID-19 vaccine to focus on combating newly emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Independent says.
According to the Associated Press, genetic genealogy has helped law enforcement officials identify an unknown victim of the Green River Killer.
In PNAS this week: target to reduce chemotherapy-induced cardiac injury, tool finds ancient endogenous RNA viruses, and more.
Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.