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A study using adjuvanted swine flu vaccine revealed age-related differences in early response and an adverse event-related expression signature.

Two recent papers published in Science and Nature Medicine describe work that may result in a universal vaccine for the flu.

Life Tech gets USDA approval for swine flu PCR test.

Life Tech said its test is the first real-time PCR test approved by the agency for swine flu virus detection.

By combining genetic, antigenic, and epidemiological data from a Hong Kong slaughterhouse with data on samples collected since the 1970s, researchers have gained new insights into the evolution and transmission of swine influenza A viruses.

Rapid influenza diagnostic tests only detect the new H1N1 strain and other flu viruses between 40 and 69 percent of the time, according to a pilot study by CDC researchers.

While companies selling array-based tests, including CombiMatrix, Arrayit, and Veredus Labs, are keen to make their platforms available to laboratories for identifying the flu strain, the FDA has only given emergency use authorization for a PCR-based test. Moreover, companies that sell flu chips are unlikely to see their technology adopted unless the current swine flu strain mutates, according to some sources.

The GWDN Index of 36 molecular biology tools and molecular diagnostics makers gained ground for the second month in a row, with Affymetrix rising significantly during that time period. Sequenom's tumble occurred on the final day of the month.

The CDC's assay will run on ABI's 7500 Fast Dx Real-Time PCR instrument or the research use only 7500 Real-Time PCR instrument.

The test has not been cleared for marketing by FDA, but the agency granted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the authority to use the multiplex panel to diagnose patients in the US.

In PNAS this week: miR-515 levels higher in women with preeclampsia, horizontal gene transfer in parasitic plants, and more.

A cancer researcher retracts 19 articles from one journal for image manipulation, according to Retraction Watch.

Precision medicine has to consider context in addition to genetic mutations in cancer treatment, Medscape reports.

Genomics may help the Cavendish banana from succumbing to fungal infections, a trio of researchers writes at the Conversation.