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Quest Diagnostics has launched an HIV tropism test using next-generation sequencing as part of a larger effort to develop NGS-based tests.

French diagnostics and theranostics firm Theradiag this week announced that it has acquired Prestizia, a five-employee subsidiary of privately held French investment firm Holding Incubatrice Biotechnology and Pharmacy, in a bid to expand its technology base to include microRNAs.

University of Pennsylvania engineer Changchun Liu is planning to use a mentored career development grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a non-instrumented, isothermal, microfluidic sample-to-answer assay to detect HIV virus.

Health management-services and diagnostics firm Alere is developing a pair of nucleic acid testing platforms, representing the company's first major move into the molecular diagnostics space, according to recent company presentations.

Cepheid last week reported a 28 percent spike in first-quarter revenues driven primarily by strong sales in its clinical diagnostics business, including record sequential growth in clinical reagent sales.

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Researchers have developed a robotic lab assistant, the Verge reports.

CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

The Associated Press reports the World Health Organization is sending experts to China to investigate the animal source of SARS-CoV-2.

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