NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Analytik Jena said today it has acquired all the assets of SIRS-Lab, a developer of molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases, which declared ins

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – SIRS-Lab, a German molecular diagnostic developer, said today that it has begun insolvency proceedings and it is seeking an investor to commercialize its leading product, a test for the causative agent of sepsis.

Becton Dickinson said this week that its BD MAX MRSA molecular test has received a CLIA moderate complexity rating.

German molecular diagnostics firm SIRS-Lab this week commenced a 1,000-patient clinical study in its home country to evaluate Vyoo, the company's PCR- and microarray-based molecular test for causative agents of sepsis. Results from the study will support an application for regulatory approval in Europe.

The initial focus of the partnership will be on using molecular diagnostics to test for severe fungal blood stream infections and to evaluate the clinical impact and pharmacoeconomics of such an approach.

Roche gets FDA nod for dual-PCR HIV viral load test; Cepheid wins approval for S. aureus test; Viracor-IBT Labs launches Aspergillus PCR panel; SIRS-Lab, Analytik Jena partner on sepsis diagnostics

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

360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.