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BioMérieux’s NucliSens EasyQ MRSA test; Abbott's RealTime CMV assay; Roche's Cobas TaqScreen MPX Test v2.0; Idaho Tech's Q Fever molecular assay; Gen-Probe's Panther system.

The French firm's NucliSens EasyQ MRSA test detects seven MRSA types, covering the most prevalent strains.

The company has developed a cartridge-based, multiplex, sample-to-answer molecular testing platform in the same vein as Cepheid, and hopes to begin clinical trials for its first two tests for detecting Staphylococcus aureus in blood culture and Clostridium difficile in stool by early summer.

The agency has created a list of recommendations for nucleic acid-based IVD tests for MRSA and SA in order to help test developers avoid problems such as false reports.

The assay, which is based on melt curve analysis, can currently detect and discriminate between nearly 40 important clinical bacterial species, and may eventually be able to test for more than 100 such species, according to the project's lead scientist.

Westburg BV will distribute the newly CE-Marked test in the Benelux countries.

The Australian firms gained the rights to exclusively distribute the real-time PCR-based test.

QuantaLife said this week that the grant will allow it to "broaden its product pipeline" to build a platform for detecting MRSA. The company plans to perform clinical testing in collaboration with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

QuantaLife has been awarded $820,000 in the first year of a five-year project with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to develop microdroplet PCR-based point-of-care tests to detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

The company is developing and validating assays for difficult-to-treat and drug-resistant infectious diseases based primarily on targets, biomarkers, and PCR primers developed at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Northern Arizona University.

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Three genetic testing companies form a coalition to influence how Congress considers genetic privacy, The Hill reports.

University of California, San Diego researchers investigate how skin care products influence the skin microbiome, Scientific American reports.

The Wall Street Journal examines billing codes used by uBiome.

In PNAS this week: links between lung adenocarcinoma and lncRNA, algorithm to impute and cluster Hi-C interaction profiles from single cells, and more.