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Even as He Jiankui expressed pride in the work he had done to alter the CCR5 genes of twin embryos, researchers and ethicists decried him as misguided.

The PCR-based test can simultaneously detect for the Zika virus, all serotypes of the dengue virus, the chikungunya virus, the West Nile virus, and a host gene. 

Hologic CEO Steve MacMillan said that the deal is so compelling that the firm needed to do it now.

The researchers are using an NIH grant to develop a device to discriminate various fever-causing viruses endemic to West Africa and Plasmodium falciparum

The new claims allow for pre-transplantation testing of organ and tissue donations for HIV, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and West Nile virus.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Roche said today that it has received CE marking for the cobas 6800/8800 automated molecular testing systems for blood and plasma donor screening.

An international research team has sequenced the genome of the southern house mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus, and started using data in the genome to explore interactions between mosquito vectors and the pathogens they carry.

The $600,000 award also strengthens Inviragen's ties to UW-Madison. The company's CSO maintains an academic appointment and a research lab within the School of Veterinary Medicine, which has collaborated with Inviragen on other projects.

The $200,000 grant also dovetails with an existing grant under which the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Pure Vaccine Solutions aim to look for new disease-specific biomarkers for West Nile virus. Both Receptor Logic and Pure Vaccine Solutions are portfolio companies of VC shop Emergent Technologies.

Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.