MRSA

The test MRSA and MSSA directly from blood culture samples in about one hour, compared to between 48 and 72 hours with other methods, the company said. 

Scientists from The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Public Health England, and elsewhere sequenced the genomes of 209 MRSA isolates collected in Europe from 1960 to 1989.

The financing will go toward efforts by the German firm to bring its point-of-care screening system for drug-resistant bacteria to hospitals. 

The test, which simultaneously detects MRSA and Staphylococcus aureus, is designed to run on the company's Liat PCR point-of-care platform.

To develop the test, the firm said it used a library of MRSA strains collected around the world, and included components that reduce false positive results.

In Genome Biology this week: over-representation of European individuals in large datasets, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clone in East Asia, and more.

The company attributed the increase in revenue to a $700,000 increase in product sales, particularly its rapid pathogen ID molecular diagnostic.

Researchers examined virulence, resistance, and transmission patterns in genome sequence data for more than 300 invasive Staphylococcus aureus isolates from Europe.

The upgraded test includes new gene targets for methicillin resistance, and provides room-temperature storage and validation on multiple swab types.

The approach allows more rapid detection of resistant strains as well as detection of certain populations for which good clinical assays don't currently exist.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.