Group A streptococcus Thermo Fisher Scientific to Acquire Mesa Biotech for Up to $550M The firm sells a rapid, point-of-care, PCR platform for infectious disease diagnostics, including SARS-CoV-2, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, and strep A. Mesa Biotech Receives 510(k) Clearance, CLIA Waiver for Strep A Molecular Point-of-Care Test The firm said its test fits in the palm of a hand and delivers results in 30 minutes by detecting bacterial nucleic acid in throat, nasal, or nasopharyngeal swabs. A. Menarini to Distribute Credo Diagnostics Coronavirus Assay Kit, Respiratory Infection Assays Credo Diagnostics recently received the CE mark for the coronavirus test, which can provide results in 20 minutes. Strep A Sequences Point to Potential Scarlet Fever Culprit in the UK Researchers identified Streptococcus pyogenes isolates from a lineage dubbed M1UK that are predicted to produce higher-than-usual levels of a scarlet fever-associated toxin. Meridian Bioscience Dx Revenue Woes Likely to Continue Through 2020 Despite Promising Integration of GenePOC Premium The firm aims to stabilize and protect its existing molecular diagnostics business over the next 12 to 18 months, CEO Jack Kenny said. May 28, 2019 Group A Streptococcus Vaccine Target Candidates Identified From Global Genome Set Mar 21, 2019 GenePOC Strep A Test Granted FDA Clearance Mar 14, 2019 Molecular Macrolide Resistance Assay Shows Promise for Point-of-Care Use Premium Feb 19, 2019 Omics Analyses Yield Virulence Data on Group A Streptococcus Strains Oct 25, 2018 Abbott Molecular Flu, Strep Tests Get FDA Clearance May 2, 2018 Cepheid Xpert Xpress Strep A Test Gets CLIA Waiver Dec 22, 2017 Quidel Solana GBS, Sofia2 Group A Strep Tests Clear FDA Nov 2, 2017 Bacterial Flora Concentrations in Stomach Influence Cancer Risk Oct 31, 2017 Luminex Receives FDA Clearance for Aries Group A Strep Assay Oct 5, 2017 Cepheid Xpress Strep A Test Clears FDA Apr 4, 2017 Roche Gets CE Mark for Liat POC System With Four Tests Dec 16, 2016 Streptococcus Genomes Expose Features in Throat, Skin Infection-Causing Pathogens Oct 26, 2016 Quidel Q3 Revenues Up 5 Percent on Women's Health, MDx Sales Oct 25, 2016 FDA Clears Quidel Rapid MDx Strep Test Aug 2, 2016 Sequenom Leads GWDN Index Rally in July on News of Acquisition by LabCorp Jul 12, 2016 Quidel's Solana Group A Strep Test Fares Well in Prospective Evaluation Premium Apr 14, 2016 Focus Diagnostics Recalls Faulty Simplexa Kits Containing Direct Amplification Discs Oct 20, 2015 Molecular Technology Poised to Change Point-of-Care Dx Setting Premium Oct 2, 2015 Lack of Guidelines for Group A Strep MDx Tests May Influence Adoption; IDSA Update Forthcoming Premium Jul 16, 2015 Alere Gets CLIA Waiver for Strep A MDx; Announces Business Transactions Load More Breaking News Beckman Coulter, Invitae Partner to Develop NGS Library Prep Applications Sick Infants Profiled with WGS See Better Diagnosis, More Care Changes UC Santa Cruz Center for Live Cell Genomics Wins $13.5M NIH Grant Genetron Health, Impact Therapeutics Partner for Anti-Cancer Drug, CDx Development Canaccord Genuity Initiates Coverage of Pacific Biosciences With Buy Rating Alternative Genetic Counseling Approach Leads to Higher Patient Satisfaction, Study Suggests The Scan Highly Similar Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News. Gain of Oversight According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research. Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.