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Bioinformatics firm Next Gen Diagnostics will integrate Fluidigm's Juno microfluidic sample prep system into its workflow for pathogen whole-genome sequencing.
The startup company will use the money to develop its microbial tests and AI-based software for surveillance and prevention of hospital-acquired infections.
The firm's tick-borne pathogens panel was also recently the subject of a clinical study, showing high accuracy in detecting numerous infectious agents.
Based in Warsaw, Poland, the technology was inspired by "ultra-fast" PCR methods from the Wittwer group and Scope plans to launch tests for MRSA and C. diff.
An analysis of more than 900 C. difficile isolates uncovered four phylogenetic lineages, including three lineages in a clade showing recent positive selection on infection-related genes.
With whole-genome sequences and other analyses, researchers delved into drug resistance and more in 600 staphylococcus isolates from high-touch surfaces in East and West London.
The Branford, Connecticut-based startup plans to seek US Food and Drug Administration clearance for and launch its instrument and first assays in 2021.
The test is the fourth assay on the firm's Revogene system and it detects five common genetic causes of drug resistance.
Multi-drug resistant Enterococcus faecalis isolates from a Wisconsin hospital contained independent mutations falling at overlapping resistance-related loci.
Researchers in the US and Europe are implementing pathogen sequencing surveillance programs to track infectious diseases within hospitals.
Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.
Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.
The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.
In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.