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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have performed the first validation of the Cepheid Xpert Flu assay in a population of emergency room patients with acute undifferentiated respiratory illness.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Using a synthetic biology-based approach, researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute and Kansas State University found that a bat influenza virus uncovered in 2009 poses little-to-no pandemic threat to humans.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Alere said today that it has entered into a contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop diagnostic countermeasures for pandemic influenza.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Cepheid said today that it has received CE marking for Xpert Flu/RSV XC, an on-demand molecular test for determination of influenza A and B infection and differentiation of respiratory syncytial virus infection.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — IMDx said today that it has received three additional licenses for sale and distribution of its molecular tests for the Abbott m2000 platform outside the US and EU.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Alere said today that it has received US Food and Drug Administration Clearance for the Alere i Influenza A&B test.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Early-stage molecular diagnostics developer Mesa Tech International has been awarded $1 million from the National Institutes of Health to further develop its low-cost nucleic acid testing device for respiratory disease diagnosis.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In Nature Genetics, researchers from the US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and elsewhere reported on res

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Johns Hopkins University today announced a contract from the National Institutes of Health to create a center focused on developing methods, including the use of genomic technologies, to identify and track global influenza outbreaks.

Roche's acquisition of privately held Boston-area molecular diagnostics developer Iquum, announced earlier this week, is expected to fill a hole in Roche's product portfolio, gi

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Gene editing could be an issue competitive sports need to address soon, four researchers from Arizona State University write at Slate.

A genetic alteration appears to increase heart failure risk among people of African descent, according to the Washington Post.

In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.