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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. 

The first available test on the PCR-based Accula platform will be for the diagnosis of influenza A and B virus infection.

The company's microchip-based technology will detect viral and bacterial genetic material using both isothermal amplification and electrochemical measurements.

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A new analysis suggests warming, not the arrival of humans, led to the extinction of the woolly rhinoceros thousands of years ago, the Economist reports.

Chinese health officials uncovered SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA on imported frozen food, but the New York Times reports catching COVID-19 that way would be unlikely.

The UK has ordered 60 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Novavax and 30 million doses from Janssen, according to the Guardian.

In Science this week: machine learning model predicts whether ion channel mutations will cause disease, and more.