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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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.