HIV

After putting off his doctoral studies to find rock-and-roll fame, the Offpring's Dexter Holland graduated this week with a Ph.D. in molecular biology from USC.

The firm said that prior to obtaining US regulatory clearance, it's making the assay available for use as a lab-developed test by US laboratories with CLIA approvals. 

Researchers sequenced and analyzed 169 Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains from people with and without HIV infections.

The firm will apply its qPCR-enabling technology to detection kits for highly polymorphic regions of HIV that confer resistance to protease inhibitors.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: strategies for targeting leukemia with MLL translocations, new Perturb-seq approach, and more.

Mathais Lichterfeld of the Ragon Institute and Rushdy Ahmad of the Broad Institute will use high-throughput proteomics to find phosphorylation important to HIV replication.

The test, which runs on Hologic's automated Panther system, was granted pre-market approval for HIV-1 viral load monitoring.

A genome-wide CRISPR screen has revealed five factors required for HIV infection, but which aren't critical to cell viability, including CD4 and CCR5.

Hologic CEO Steve MacMillan said that the deal is so compelling that the firm needed to do it now.

The firm’s emphasis on automation has yielded Dx products for blood banks, assays for HIV and acute kidney injury, and flexible diagnostic test systems that can adapt to labs’ changing needs.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.