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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — By analyzing the genomes of more than 3,600 strains belonging to a pathogenic group of Streptococcus bacteria, a team of researchers has unraveled the genetic events leading to its emergence as the cause of an epidemic.

Researchers last week provided a glimpse of the clinical performance of a trio of extraction-free molecular assays currently being developed by clinical diagnostics firm Quidel.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Meridian Bioscience said on Monday that its illumigene Group A Streptococcus and illumigene Group B Streptococcus assays have been recategorized by the US Food and Drug Administration as "moderate complexity" tests under the Clinical Laboratory Improv

Health management services and diagnostics firm Alere recently updated investors on the progress of a pair of nucleic acid testing platforms that are currently under development at the company and represent the firm's entrée into molecular diagnostics.

Meridian Bioscience said today that its Illumigene molecular diagnostic products accounted for 16 percent of its fiscal first quarter revenues, which increased 13 percent over the same quarter last year.

Roche this week announced the commercial availability of a molecular test for cytomegalovirus viral load.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing Meridian Bioscience's Group A Streptococcus molecular diagnostic test that runs on its illumigene platform, the company said after the close of the market on Monday.

An international research team sequenced and compared almost 100 serotype M3 group A Streptococcus genomes from bugs causing three epidemics in Ontario over more than 15 years.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.