TwistDx

Abbott confirmed that the move is a consequence of TwistDx evaluating its operations and strategic direction to align operations and commercial needs.

The portable device runs an isothermal amplification assay to detect genetic material from strains of tuberculosis in resource limited areas.  

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.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.