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The observational study showed delays to diagnosis reduced the chances of identifying pathogens and generally led to poorer outcomes.

BioGx now offers 11 CE-marked infectious disease tests that run on Becton Dickinson's BD Max platform.

The Dublin-based company also aims to raise up to €5 million this year to support additions to its R&D and sales and marketing teams.

A separate UCSF group has already begun implementing a different version of the metagenomic sequencing assay in the clinic.

The university's researchers have developed a laboratory test that measures the body's response to infection in the blood, and can distinguish between bacterial and viral meningitis.  

The test leverages loop mediated isothermal amplification technology and enables the rapid detection of Neisseria meningitidis directly from cerebrospinal fluid samples.

The Ultra's combination of a lower limit of detection and ability to find dead bacilli after starting TB therapy vastly improves sensitivity compared to other tests, the study’s authors said.

The loan from the European Investment Bank will go toward the development of Stat-Dx's diagnostic platform for detecting infectious pathogens, such as meningitis. 

At Tri-Con, UCSF's Charles Chiu discussed validation of a metagenomic NGS test as well as a new project to develop an RNA sequencing panel for Lyme disease.

The study involved 11 sites and 1,560 prospectively collected patient samples and demonstrated high overall positive and negative percent agreement with comparator assays.

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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.