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The PCR test detects HIV-1 RNA on the NeuMoDx 96/288 Molecular Systems and joins the company's other bloodborne viral tests for hepatitis B and C.

A tissue sample from the 1960s harbors a near-complete sample of HIV, IFLScience reports.

The DeepChek-HIV assays are designed for settings running either Sanger sequencing or next-generation sequencing workflows, according to the company.

The system is approved for use with the Procleix Ultrio Elite Assay, the Procleix WNV Assay, Procleix Zika Virus Assay, and the Procelix Babesia Assay.

The firm said international sales of its OraQuick HIV products increased 74 percent year over year, driven by sales of its OraQuick HIV Self-Test.

The platform can detect a single virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time or more than 160 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in a small number of samples.

In PLOS this week: epigenetic drug triggers anti-viral activity, viral diversity among individuals with HIV experiencing virological failure, and more.

The method can be used with isothermal amplification and paper-based readouts to detect infectious disease drug resistance in low-resource areas.

BioMérieux had alleged infringement of two of its patents associated with nucleotide sequences to detect HIV-1 subtypes. 

And Then for All

NIH Director Francis Collins describes at Forbes how the agency is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop gene-based treatments for sickle cell disease and HIV for sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.