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The Malaysian company received CE-IVD marking for its PCR-based tests for influenza A/B and for cholera. 

The firm has added 46 influenza strains and seven respiratory syncitial virus strains to its Simplexa Flu A/B & RSV Direct kit.

The test detects and differentiates influenza A and B in about 20 minutes. It is the second CLIA-waived test on Roche's Cobas Liat platform.

Researchers link a certain gene variant to increased risk of contracting severe flu, the Guardian reports.

St. Jude's Richard Webby will assess the performance of InDevR's FluChip-8G test on non-seasonal influenza viruses.

The developers of a web-based tool originally designed to track flu virus evolution have released versions of their software that track changes in other troublesome viruses. 

While the MinIon could generate influenza genome data in a clinically relevant timeframe, discrepancies in the sequence suggest it may not yet be ready for diagnostic use.

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

Using a combination of approaches, researchers characterized influenza A viruses at two live animal swine markets in Minnesota.

In Cell this week: map of human protein interactions, mutant phenotype variability in organisms of the same species from different genetic backgrounds, and more.


The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.