NEW YORK (360Dx) – Hepatitis C virus RNA testing at the point of care could provide an advantage over antibody testing by enabling diagnosis of active infection in a single visit, according to a recent study conducted by researchers in Australia.

These point-of-care tests can play a vital role to ensure that people receive proper treatment, said Jason Grebely, an associate professor at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, who conducts point-of-care HCV testing for substance users.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

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About one year ago, the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), with liaison representation from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and College of American Pathologists (CAP), released a guideline on reporting somatic cancer variants.