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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said today that the US Food and Drug Administration has categorized Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF test as "moderate complexity" under CLIA guidelines.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Co-Diagnostics HBDC and Mentors International have inked an agreement to offer real-time PCR-based tests in developing nations at lower costs, they announced today.

The National Institutes of Health Office of Technology Transfer this month disclosed several new licensing opportunities related to molecular diagnostics using PCR or other nucleic acid amplification and analysis technologies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said after the close of the market on Thursday that its Xpert MTB/RIF test has received de novo 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for marketing in the US.
The test is available for immediate shipment in the US.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Co-Diagnostics and DNA Logix have created a joint venture to tackle infectious diseases in high-burden developing countries.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A research team from the UK, Hungary, and Israel has used metagenomic sequencing to uncover a pair of co-infecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in lung tissue from a 215-year-old mummy found in a Hungarian crypt more than a decade ago.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – TB Biosciences, which is developing a point-of-care test for the detection of tuberculosis, said today it has closed on its Series A financing round, raising $1.5 million.
The financing will be used to support product development and clinical trials.

A team from the University of Washington has developed a device that uses nanotips and electric field manipulation to concentrate and extract DNA from biological samples for subsequent PCR or other analysis.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a tool to single out specific proteins contained within the Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteome.

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Following discrimination allegations, NICHD's Constantine Stratakis withdraws from a new position at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, Science reports.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut World Health Organization funding over its pandemic response, which would affect its ability to do its work and which he might not be able to do.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has halted the sales of a handful of stocks over claims made about the coronavirus.

In Nature this week: comparative analyses of single-cell RNA sequencing protocols uncover differences between approaches, and more.