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Duke’s Genome center will use the money to develop diagnostic tools for upper respiratory disease.

The $600,000 award also strengthens Inviragen's ties to UW-Madison. The company's CSO maintains an academic appointment and a research lab within the School of Veterinary Medicine, which has collaborated with Inviragen on other projects.

Rapid influenza diagnostic tests only detect the new H1N1 strain and other flu viruses between 40 and 69 percent of the time, according to a pilot study by CDC researchers.

The firms will develop tests to run on Enigma's ML platform. As part of the alliance, GSK will make an equity investment in the molecular diagnostics startup.

The firm has been cleared by FDA to include data from two studies that shows its Respiratory Viral Panel can be an effective aid in detecting the virus.

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USPTO Publishes One Patent, Seven Patent Applications Related to RNAi

The CDC's assay will run on ABI's 7500 Fast Dx Real-Time PCR instrument or the research use only 7500 Real-Time PCR instrument.

The study, begun last year, will take longer than the June 2009 timeframe projected late last year. It calls for the NIH to analyze the ability of the Biosafety Level 4 lab to contain 13 toxins to be studied there, and ensure it can run safely.

Oregon Health and Science University will use a $41M grant to start a regional biodefense and infectious disease center.

The pact builds on an existing relationship between the firms to develop an influenza molecular diagnostic assay for use with a HandyLab instrument.

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The founder of MeTooSTEM, BethAnn McLaughlin, created a Twitter account purported to be that of an LGBTQ Native American professor at Arizona State University, the New York Times writes.

Novavax reports its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to immune responses, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gene length is associated with lifespan in a comparative genomics study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that draws on the whale shark genome.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: effort to annotate the rat transcriptome, web-based resource to characterize marine microbes, and more.