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DxNA has acquired exclusive rights to run PathoGene's multiplexed Staphylococcus MRSA+ assay on DxNA's real-time PCR-based GeneStat platform, the companies said this week.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – AdvanDx recently announced the appointment of Alpha Laboratories to support the launch of AdvanDx's molecular QuickFISH test.

The Association for Molecular Pathology's annual meeting, held last week in Long Beach, Calif., focused strongly on next-generation sequencing and its implementation in the clinic, especially for diagnosing, monitoring, and tailoring treatments for cancer.

A team led by researchers at the University of Chicago has identified cysteine phosphorylation as playing a key role in regulating virulence and antibiotic resistance in the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus.

Finnish molecular diagnostics firm Abacus Diagnostica, fresh off winning a pair of key US patents covering its DNA testing technologies, plans to seek regulatory approval in the US next year for tests to detect Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S.

Buoyed by increased researcher interest and new vendor offerings, imaging mass spectrometry is approaching a "tipping point," Vanderbilt researcher Richard Caprioli told ProteoMonitor this week.

This story has been updated from a previous version to include information about BD's ongoing assay-development partnership with Diagenode.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Nanosphere today said that the US Food and Drug Administration has given 510(k) clearance for the firm's Verigene Staphylococcus Blood Culture Nucleic Acid Test, or BC-S.

The company said that it has achieved encouraging results in a preclinical study of the assay, and that if clinical trial results are equally positive it will submit the test for US Food and Drug Administration approval by the end of the summer.

Nascent firm DevaCell believes that its ScanStream instrument will cost a tenth the price of comparable commercial platforms and save the US healthcare system $5 billion to $10 billion per year by curbing the incidence of hospital-associated infections.

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A Columbia University-led team used emergency contact information from medical records to create family trees and estimate disease heritability.

Parabon NanoLabs is partnering with law enforcement to use genetic genealogy approaches to solve cold cases, Buzzfeed News reports.

In Science this week: ancient Southeast Asian genomes provide insight on human migration, and more.

NPR says a new report recommends that former research chimpanzees should be moved to retirement sanctuaries unless that move would shorten their lives.