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PerkinElmer's subsidiary Wallac will now distribute the Amplidiag product line in Israel and in a number of countries in Africa.

The test can generate results in around 35 minutes from stool samples and requires no upfront nucleic acid extraction.

Analyses of Clostridium difficile isolates from hundreds of European hospitals led to clusters of apparent hospital-acquired cases and of infections with other potential sources.

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The stool bank OpenBiome has a new storefront in Massachusetts, WGBH News reports.

The Liat point of care system system has launched with four assays, including three respiratory tests and a novel test for Clostridium difficile.

The assay has been available outside the US since November and runs on the Liaison MDX benchtop instrument. 

The firm said that it has completed clinical trials for the Group B Strep assay for the FDA and will start trials for the C. difficile test this month. 

The test is the third in the firm's line of infectious disease assays, which also includes tests for meningococcus and Group B Strep.

The company said it expects a 1 percent increase in 2016 revenues, but noted that the results were adversely affected by certain competitive pressures in Q4, among other problems.

Nearly 8,000 patients participated in a screening study that used a PCR-based detection assay from Becton Dickinson, uncovering a 5 percent carrier rate.

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The nonprofit Biden Cancer Initiative is suspending its operations, according to the Associated Press.

Researchers examine how white nationalists handle personal genetic ancestry results that conflict with their racist worldview, the New York Times reports.

NPR speaks with research participants before and after they learn their APOE E4 status, which affects their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

In PLOS this week: genetic characterization of Toxoplasma gondii strains, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus uncovered in Sudan, and more.