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The portable device runs an isothermal amplification assay to detect genetic material from strains of tuberculosis in resource limited areas.
The grant was awarded under a program designed to help small businesses transition NIH-funded projects into the commercialization stage.
The tuberculosis and antibiotic-resistance test had been marketed in India by Xcelris Labs under a 2012 agreement.
The consortium aims to identify tuberculosis protein targets and corresponding small molecule inhibitors that can be used to develop drugs to shorten therapy duration.
In a wide-ranging discussion, the two leaders touched upon vaccine development, infant mortality, US education, research funding, machine learning, and precision medicine.
In PNAS this week: innate immune interactions with TB bug, cytoplasmic microtubule organizing center-like structure, and more.
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.
Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.
Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.
The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.
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