APHL Lack of Standardization Across MDx Infectious Disease Tests Could Undermine Pandemic Preparedness Premium Poor cross-compatibility may make it difficult to substitute components of automated sample processing and testing workflows in the case of shortages. CDC Wastewater Surveillance Shifts to Public Health Labs With Planned Digital PCR Pathogen Panels Premium The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will support dPCR platforms from Qiagen and Bio-Rad, as well as sequencing-based variant surveillance. CDC Grants Could Indicate Shift Toward More Federal Funds for Public Health Lab Construction Premium The agency announced last month that it provided $175 million to seven states and localities to either build, expand, or renovate public health laboratory space. Labs Home in on SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant Premium The Association of Public Health Laboratories is directing member labs to focus sequencing efforts on S-gene dropouts for the next week. FDA to Harmonize COVID-19 Data with New Terminology Codes The agency plans to work with a number of partners to develop codes that will describe tests and results to standardize data collection. Mar 16, 2020 Coronavirus Testing Delays Yield New Oversight Bill, Shine Light on LDT Regulation Debate Feb 19, 2020 CDC Will Implement Novel Coronavirus Surveillance in Select Public Health Labs Premium Feb 10, 2020 CDC Building NGS Quality Management Tools as Public Health Labs Increase Use of Sequencing Premium Feb 3, 2020 CDC Submitting Novel Coronavirus Test for EUA Following HHS Declaration of Public Health Emergency Premium May 17, 2012 OpGen Creates Public Health Consortium to Evaluate its Technology for Use in Health Outbreaks Apr 15, 2010 Abbott Molecular ID System to be Used in Five-State Biopreparedness Evaluation Program: Breaking News Apr 15, 2010 Abbott Molecular ID System to be Used in Five-State Biopreparedness Evaluation Program: In-Depth Premium Breaking News Genetic Contributors to Plasma Protein Levels Unearthed in Multiple Studies Standard BioTools, SomaLogic to Merge Arima Genomics, Protean BioDiagnostics Launch 3D Genomics Cancer Testing Joint Venture Pathnostics UTI Test Nabs New York State Approval NanoString, A*Star, Next Level Genomics to Launch Spatial Biology Laboratory in Singapore The Scan Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants. Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms. Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema. Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.