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OmniPathology Oral HPV Test

OmniPathology has launched its oral laboratory developed test for human papillomavirus (HPV). The PCR-based assay runs on the Roche Cobas 6800 and 8800 instruments and uses a throat swab sample to detect 14 high-risk strains of HPV that could lead to oropharyngeal cancer. The test will be offered to primary care physicians, gynecologists, LGBTQIA+ clinics, dentists, oral surgeons, and ear, nose, and throat physician practices across the country as part of routine examinations, OmniPathology said.

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.