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The tool uses whole genome sequence from M. tuberculosis strains to predict genetic resistance to tuberculosis drugs faster than traditional culture-based methods.

The new clearance allows the use of the Xpert MTB/RIF test, in conjunction with other clinical or laboratory data, to remove patients from respiratory isolation.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Harvard Medical School and Columbia University have both received grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, totaling $12.3 million this year, to create translational research centers to develop molecular diagnostics technologies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a tool to single out specific proteins contained within the Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteome.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – CLC bio has been awarded a $2 million grant from the European Union to develop a software platform to support a multi-partner project using next-generation sequencing to identify infections, the company said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Epistem said today that Becton Dickinson will distribute the firm's Mycobacterium tuberculosis test on a global basis, excluding India and the Indian Sub-Continent.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Oxford Gene Technology today announced it has been awarded two grants totaling €3 million ($3.6 million) to provide genomic analysis and commercialization services for two international studies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid this week updated its test pipeline with a focus on gonorrhea and chlamydia, cancer, and tuberculosis over the next few years.

Medical Diagnostic Lab has been awarded US Patent No. 8,030,032, "Methods and compositions related thereto for detecting and identifying distinct species of nucleic acids from causative agents."

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.