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The team is now conducting additional studies of mNGS in plasma, as well as looking to reduce turnaround time by running the test on a nanopore sequencer.
The assay is for detecting varicella-zoster virus in cerebrospinal fluid and can be used with the firm's Liaison MDx instrument.
Despite a recent positive economic modeling study, the debate over appropriate use of the ME panel seems likely to continue until more outcomes studies are conducted.
The prospective, multi-site clinical trial will evaluate the clinical utility of unbiased sequencing for identifying pathogens in suspected CNS infections.
At Tri-Con, UCSF's Charles Chiu discussed validation of a metagenomic NGS test as well as a new project to develop an RNA sequencing panel for Lyme disease.
The study involved 11 sites and 1,560 prospectively collected patient samples and demonstrated high overall positive and negative percent agreement with comparator assays.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-operated lab had its permit for working with dangerous pathogens suspended due to safety violations, USA Today reports.
The high-throughput system is now approved with the firm's Blood Culture ID, Gastrointestinal, Meningitis/Encephalitis, and the previously approved Respiratory Panel.
Researchers sequenced and analyzed the negative-sense RNA tilapia lake virus, implicated in large die-offs of farmed and wild tilapia in Israel and Ecuador.
The FilmArray ME Panel received a de novo clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration in October.
Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.
Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.
The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.
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