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The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

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.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.