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The British molecular diagnostics firm recently completely a redesign of its point-of-care system, called Q-POC, and is planning to seek a CE-IVD mark for the device later this year.

The newly independent firm will continue to invest in diagnostics by bringing its menu of PCR tests for infectious diseases to the US and other markets, among other objectives.

The firm has launched a multiplex real-time PCR assay that detects HPV 16, HPV 18, and a pool of 12 other high-risk HPV subtypes.

The university's researchers have developed a laboratory test that measures the body's response to infection in the blood, and can distinguish between bacterial and viral meningitis.  

Siemens adds more than 80 assays and panels to its Versant kPCR molecular diagnostics system with the acquisition, which also broadens Siemens' customer base.

The company's new QuantStudio 5 Dx Real-Time PCR system allows users to wield multi-modal software to detect pathogens.

Under the terms of the deal, Siemens will expand its kPCR Molecular System menu to include Fast-track's range of tests covering several medical conditions. 

The firm said the assay provides flexible automation and accurately identifies all six HCV genotypes as well as subtypes 1a and 1b.

Mergers and acquisitions in the omics space rose for the second year in a row, but the increase was significantly less than the 33 percent uptick in 2015 deals.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.