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The firms intend to seek CE marking and US Food and Drug Administration clearance for the test.

The medium has been cleared for transporting samples potentially containing flu A and tuberculosis.

Through its large network of ambulatory labs, the university's pathology and lab medicine department is evaluating a BioFire rapid diagnostic test for the flu. 

On a conference call following the release of the earnings, the firm's CEO guided for lower 2018 ePlex placements than had been expected by analysts.

The firm plans to release a research-use-only version of its test by the end of the year, and is still hoping for FDA clearance in 2019.

Sensitivity problems with rapid antigen tests are also helping the more accurate rapid molecular tests gain wider acceptance, manufacturers said.

The molecular test can provide results in 30 minutes from nasal swabs on a palm-sized instrument.

Faster Flu Vaccines?

Synthetic Genomics is working on speeding up flu vaccine production, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

In Life Sciences, CEO Thomas Joyce noted a strong performance by Beckman Coulter, while in Diagnostics, he said Cepheid grew 25 percent year over year. 

Abbott's CFO said he expects mid-single-digit growth from diagnostics in Q1 2018 and mid-to-high single digit growth for the full year. 

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.