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Abbott said that the MDx platform offers a number of initial assays, including tests for HIV-1, HBV, and HCV, among others.

The company hopes to commercialize the assay, and is pursuing a larger validation study, but may face competitors who have also staked claims for this indication.

The test measures hepatitis B viral DNA and is intended to be used to assess prognosis and response to antiviral therapies.

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.

Qiagen's partnership and merger agreement with NeuMoDx may help it compete with high-volume molecular testing vendors such as Abbott, Hologic, and Roche.

Researchers integrated results from a pathogen-host association study with available clinical data to find variants influencing both infection responses and other disease risks.

Several companies will receive grants to develop hepatitis C molecular point-of-care and core antigen diagnostic assays.

The new assay simultaneously detects four viral targets in donated blood plasma in a single sample and can add value to the biologics development space.

Independent research teams identified and sequenced hepatitis B strains going back thousands of years from samples in Europe, uncovering now-extinct lineages.

The companies will initially plan to acquire the required regulatory approvals in India for the Genedrive HCV ID kit.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.