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Quidel said today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Quidel Molecular Influenza A+B assay for use with the Cepheid SmartCycler PCR system.

Quidel this week provided an update on its budding molecular diagnostics business, noting that it saw "significant progress" in each of its three MDx initiatives.

Quidel in December received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for two molecular diagnostic tests, the company's first two molecular tests to receive such approval.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today said that it has received both US Food and Drug Administration clearance and a CLIA waiver for its new BD Veritor System for rapid detection of Flu A+B.

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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.