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The study represents the first time protein design algorithms have been used to prospectively predict viable resistance mutations in bacteria in response to antibiotic pressure

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A consortium headed by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have been awarded a five-year, $6.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to conduct investigations of Staphylococcus aureus.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In Nature Genetics, researchers from the US and the UK reported on results from a population genomic study of the black cottonwood poplar, Populus trichocarpa.

Vela Diagnostics this week announced the CE-IVD launch of its Sentosa SA Direct MRSA/SA PCR test.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Two research teams reported on mutational patterns present in gastric cancer in Nature Genetics.

As one of its major molecular diagnostics-related revenue sources begins to slow down, Qiagen today outlined its plan to replace it with several new MDx initiatives and other molecular biology-related growth drivers.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — BD Diagnostics, a segment of Becton Dickinson, said today that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance to market its BD Max MRSA XT assay for use on the BD Max system.

Becton Dickinson said this week that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance to market BD Max StaphSR Assay for use on the BD Max automated molecular testing system.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance to market its new assay for detection of Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus DNA directly from nasal swabs.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Molecular diagnostics company DxNA has received a $2.5M equity investment from an unnamed individual investor.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.