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Roche will have non-exclusive access to SpeeDx's existing tests and technology to enable expansion of diagnostic products for antibiotic resistance in STIs.

The molecular assay detects and differentiates Trichomonas vaginalis and/or Mycoplasma genitalium in clinical urine samples.

New resistance tests for Mycoplasma genitalium and gonorrhea could help stave off superbugs, but guidelines and economic factors may hinder adoption.

The test could potentially enable labs to bring resistance testing in house, rather than send testing out to Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory.

Abbott said that the MDx platform offers a number of initial assays, including tests for HIV-1, HBV, and HCV, among others.

Aiming to receive 501(k) clearance for its M. genitalium detection panel early next year, the firm plans to initially target the assay for use in US hospitals and private pathology centers.

The test has been validated for use with the same full set of female urogenital specimens that are used with Cobas NT/NG testing, as well as for use with male urine. 

The firm plans to submit the Mycoplasma genitalium test to the FDA in 2017 and has entered an agreement with the CDC for test evaluation. 

The test is an improved version of one that was approved three years ago, and runs on the firm's illumigene molecular diagnostics platform.

A University of Alabama, Birmingham team used the Illumina MiSeq platform to perform next-generation sequencing on 15 strains of M. pneumoniae

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.