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.
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.
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.