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The agency plans to work with a number of partners to develop codes that will describe tests and results to standardize data collection.

The sponsors of the VALID Act say it's time to modernize outdated diagnostic regulations slowing down test access during a public health crisis.  

The plan piggybacks on national influenza surveillance, testing flu-negative samples using the CDC's rRT-PCR test for the novel coronavirus.

The agency aims to aid adoption of NGS within public health labs, which have significantly increased their use of the technology in recent years.

If granted, emergency use authorization is anticipated to help roll out standardized, consistent 2019-nCoV testing to public health labs in the US. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – OpGen today announced the creation of a public health consortium to evaluate its Whole Genome Mapping technology for strain typing microorganisms that cause health outbreaks.

Abbott will help authorities at state public health labs identify and characterize microorganisms in surveillance activities for infectious diseases, food safety analysis, and biodefense readiness.

Abbott's Plex-ID system, which combines PCR and mass spec analysis, will help authorities at state public health labs identify and characterize microorganisms in surveillance activities for infectious diseases, food safety analysis, and biodefense readiness.

President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.