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RNA sequencing on samples from three New England seals revealed a new picornavirus that appears to share a common ancestor with human hepatitis A virus.

The funding comes as part of the agency's Advanced Molecular Detection initiative, which is using the technologies to help address infectious disease outbreaks.

The DxN Veris was recently launched as a CE-marked product with a menu of viral load tests, and will launch in a few years in the US with STD and HAI assays. 

Researchers reported on findings from analyses on whole-genome sequences and other features from three fowl adenoviruses found in China during 2012 or 2013.

The company is developing a prototype system that it aims to later validate in clinical samples.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: phylogenetic study of hepatitis E viruses in Swedish moose, recombination sites in the honeybee genome, and more.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: GWAS with immunophenotyping to examine genetic architecture of the immune system, hepatitis C virus sequesters miR-122 during infection, and more.

The findings also provide new clues about the virus' well-established association with hepatocellular carcinoma.

The new company will be focused entirely on hepatitis B, although officials previously said that Tekmira's other non-HBV RNAi programs would continue to advance.

The new assay expands a portfolio of viral load monitoring tests for the Cobas 6800 and 8800 systems.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.