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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.

Enigma struck the alliance with Tecan in anticipation of a fourth-quarter commercial launch of its miniaturized PCR instrument for point-of-care influenza diagnostic tests in Europe in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline.

Millipore was warned by the agency in September about an e-mail promotion for certain products for H1N1 influenza detection.

Investigators will compare results from the FilmArray PCR test to results from conventional platforms, like viral culture and antibody tests, as well as to results from other molecular diagnostic technologies.

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control said today that it plans to sequence the genomes of hundreds of influenza viruses in an effort to understand the pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus' entry and evolution in the province — including how it may be affected by the Vancouver Olympics.

A group of German researchers used an RNA interference screen to find human host factors required for the replication of several influenza A viruses, including non-pandemic and pandemic H1N1 viruses and an H5N1 bird flu virus.

An analyst with William Blair & Co. upgraded Cepheid shares to "outperform" from "market perform."

Cepheid became the latest firm to receive an EUA for its H1N1 flu assay, but said it is the first to receive the designation for CLIA moderate complexity labs.

One study identified a variant of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus that Gen-Probe's ProFlu+ test failed to flag as positive for influenza A, while a second study found an "unexpected" amount of mutability in the matrix gene of the virus that stymied PCR-based subtype testing via melting temperature analysis.


The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.