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Dubbed "Sherlock," the new technology has demonstrated potential in detecting viruses and bacteria as well as human SNPs and mutations in cell-free DNA.

The adaptable technology uses flow-through microfluidic chips and can detect three pathogens simultaneously with virtually unlimited potential array sizes. 

The system uses off-the-shelf laboratory components and currently runs an Ebola assay based on isothermal amplification chemistry from Alere subsidiary TwistDx.

Trends included expanding test menus and a possible tipping point for point-of-care.

Researchers tested three methods - a bandage, an elastic sweatband, and a strip of cotton fabric - for securing tubes (whose position is noted with arrows) in the axilla.

Isothermal molecular method incubated in the armpit allows researchers to detect HIV-1 DNA in proof-of-concept study.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Although Alere launched the Alere i molecular diagnostic platform and influenza assay only three months ago, the company announced this week that a three-year contract worth up to $12.9 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Researc

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — This week, Waltham, Mass.-headquartered medical diagnostics company Alere received FDA clearance for a new influenza test that can both detect and discriminate nucleic acids of influenza A and influenza B viruses.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Researchers at The Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam have developed a novel isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification assay for pathogenic Leptospira, the spirochete bacterium that causes leptospirosis.

A team at the University of Potsdam and the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT) in Germany has developed a lateral flow assay to detect P. falciparum parasite, the most deadly of the four Plasmodium species that cause malaria.

Alere President and CEO Ron Zwanziger last week provided investors with an update on the development timeline for a pair of point-of-care nucleic acid testing plartforms, the company's first molecular diagnostics products.

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Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive satellite DNA in the fruit fly, transcriptome map assembly pipeline, and more.