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The director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has launched two new funding programs in the past three years.

New outcomes data shows that the firm's test can help clinicians optimize antibiotic prescribing, but investment analysts have had mixed reactions.

The investment bank adjusted its December 2020 price target for Luminex's stock to $21 and for Accelerate Diagnostics' stock to $16.

The distributor, Bionuclear Puerto Rico, will give T2 access to approximately 64 hospitals in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.   

While the news of the BARDA contract drove a surge in T2's stock price, it was last month's NTAP decision that has company officials and analysts encouraged.

Beyond its HostDx Sepsis test, the firm is working on a test to detect and differentiate bacterial from viral infections in patients presenting with fever.

The Branford, Connecticut-based startup plans to seek US Food and Drug Administration clearance for and launch its instrument and first assays in 2021.

The iC-GN Assay detects target DNA and identifies gram-negative organisms associated with gram-negative bacteremia, and three antibiotic-resistance markers. 

iCubate said that it now has a comprehensive solution within European markets for the detection of bloodstream bacteria and important resistance markers.

And, Speak

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US National Institutes of Health is to allow two clinicians critical of a clinical trial to speak with investigators.

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Russian CRISPR researcher moves along with plans to ultimately alter the genes of embryos of deaf couples, though awaits regulatory approval, Nature News reports.

University of California, San Francisco, researchers have uncovered a gene mutations that appears to make a father-son duo more efficient sleepers.

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of non-syndromic orofacial cleft subtypes, epigenetic and transcriptomic analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and more.