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As a result of the 510(k) clearance, Quest's Simplexa Influenza A H1N1 test will be the only one that can be marketed after June 23 when the public emergency stemming from the virus is lifted.

The vote of confidence is a stepping stone for the company to seek 510(k) approval for an H1N1 test on its platform; to tackle the point-of-care diagnostic market; and to further develop tests for other infectious diseases.

IQuum said that it has developed a nucleic acid-based test that can provide results in just 26 minutes.

Idaho Tech's Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System system and newly developed tests will be used to test military personnel and their families for influenza A and B, and subtypes of A.

The EUA for the company's RT-PCR Assay comes near the end of the declared public health emergency period, which is set to expire near the end of April, unless it is extended.

Meridian Bioscience's Illumigene C. difficile test; Nanosphere's Verigene SP respiratory virus panel; Veredus Laboratories' VereFlu test and VereID Biosystem; and IMDx's 2009 influenza H1N1 assay

The technology may enable a very stable diagnostic method to detect nucleic acids without using PCR, and has so far been demonstrated to detect anthrax.

Kettering Health Network hopes to cut costs by using Diatherix's PCR-based infectious disease tests.

Under the new license with Roche, Biosearch now has the right to manufacture and sell validated kits, including probes, primers, enzymes, and other essential nucleic acid amplification technologies.

The San Antonio-based firm also intends to file a 510(k) for clearance of the assay.

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.