Sidling up to Roche Molecular, Abbott and Celera Diagnostics have received the CE Mark certification for their real-time PCR HIV viral load assay, and will begin competing against the market leader in Europe this week.

The new test runs on Abbott's m2000 real-time PCR instrument, which has also received a CE Mark, but has not yet been submitted for clearance with the FDA, said Don Braakman, an Abbott spokesperson, adding that the company will be submitting the test for US approval in 2005.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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