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The Ultra's combination of a lower limit of detection and ability to find dead bacilli after starting TB therapy vastly improves sensitivity compared to other tests, the study’s authors said.

Variants in and around inflammation-related gene CD53 were linked to TB in older Thai individuals infected with certain Mycobacterium tuberculosis lineages.

The study is the first to demonstrate the design features and operational characteristics of Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra assay.

The platform received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for the expanded identification of mycobacteria, Nocardia, and molds.

Qiagen's revenues grew 6 percent at constant exchange rates to $349.0 million, besting the average Wall Street estimate of $346.6 million.

The financing will go toward efforts by the German firm to bring its point-of-care screening system for drug-resistant bacteria to hospitals. 

A UK-led international consortium is sequencing tuberculosis genomes and cataloguing drug resistance mutations to enable more rapid NGS-based diagnostics.

The agreement with Mexico's agriculture department covers studies to evaluate molecular detection assays for bovine TB, as well as studies on zoonotic TB diagnosis.

In Genome Biology this week: Mycobacterium tuberculosis population dynamics, mapping precision in GWAS, and more.

The partners aim to sequence thousands of tuberculosis bacteria isolates as part of a broader effort to develop personalized treatments for the disease.

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The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.