NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BioGx announced it has received CE-IVD marking for a real-time PCR-based test to detect Influenza A, Influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus.

The assay uses samples from nasopharyngeal swabs and runs on the Becton Dickinson BD Max system. Offered as a single tube that snaps into the BD Max RNA/DNA extraction cartridge, the test increases lab efficiency, the firm said in a statement.

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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.

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

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

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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.