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The kit, which was launched today, leverages real-time RT-PCR technology to detect and quantify hepatitis C virus-specific RNA with genotypes 1 to 6.

The assay is designed to quantitate HBV DNA in serum or plasma to assist in the treatment of chronic HBV-infected patients receiving antiviral therapy.

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

The test detects and quantifies hepatitis C virus RNA and can be performed in approximately one hour. 

FIND will lead evaluation studies in Cameroon and Georgia between September 2018 and May 2019 to confirm the assay's diagnostic accuracy and commercial utility.

The firm's diagnostics division was up 4 percent. Molecular diagnostics grew 7 percent, cytology & perinatal was flat, and blood screening was down 2 percent.

Public sector programs in some low- and middle-income countries will obtain access to Hologic's Panther system through a single, all-inclusive pricing structure.

An RNA test in development that confirms whether a patient has HCV within 40 minutes could enable diagnosis and prescribing treatment during a single office visit.

The company said the disposal of these two businesses is part of a strategy to focus entirely on the molecular diagnostics market.

The firm showed 98 percent sensitivity and 100 percent specificity across all major HCV genotypes in a recent study.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.