Listeria

The test is the first to be approved for the company's second-generation molecular detection system, but can also be run using the first-generation system alongside other existing assays.

The technology is identifying sources of foodborne pathogen outbreaks more quickly and precisely than older technology. 

The organization has been scaling up its use of NGS and bioinformatics and a recent NARMS publication is the first of many that will incorporate sequencing data. 

Keeping Tabs on Bugs

The US Food and Drug Administration tracked a recent multi-state Listeria outbreak using whole-genome sequencing.

The revenue spike was due to an increase in the number of Atlas molecular testing platforms placed with commercial customers.

The molecular diagnostics company said the number of Atlas instruments placed with customers under commercial agreements rose to 41 from 38 in Q4 2014.

The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria monocytogenes is 30 percent faster than the first-generation test.

The fourth quarter revenue growth resulted from an increase in its Atlas instrument placements, as well as an increase in the commercial use of the instrument. 

The partners will collaborate to develop and validate a high-throughput DNA microarray-based detection system to monitor foodborne bacteria and viruses. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – New Zealand Medical and Scientific will distribute Invisible Sentinel's Veriflow assays in New Zealand under an agreement announced today.

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The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.