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The CDC noted that if the test yields a negative RNA NAT result, clinicians should then analyze patient serum using an IgM antibody test.

The organization has been scaling up its use of NGS and bioinformatics and a recent NARMS publication is the first of many that will incorporate sequencing data. 

An investigation and follow-up analysis concluded that the Trioplex test promoted by the CDC was equally sensitive to an alternative singleplex Zika assay, despite the microbiologist's claims to the contrary.

The materials and equipment, which were purchased in August, include supplies to perform the CDC MAC-ELISA test and its Trioplex RT-qPCR assay.

The agency has doubled the window after suspected exposure during which it recommends RT-qPCR testing for some pregnant women.

The GenomeWeb Index fell half a percent in June, underperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but far outpacing the Nasdaq and Nasdaq Biotech Index.

The two parties collaborated to develop and expand a microorganism reference library for the MALDI Biotyper platform aimed at rare and emerging microbes.

Roche's PCR-based Cobas test is also being deployed at one blood center in the US and is proving to be highly accurate, the agency said.

The knowledgebase is comprised of nine databases of curated genomic, clinical, and public health data gleaned from scientific publications and elsewhere. 

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-operated lab had its permit for working with dangerous pathogens suspended due to safety violations, USA Today reports.

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Sequencing of a 10,000-year-old mummy leads to its repatriation to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Nature News reports.

The final text of the bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act might smooth over the differences between NSF and the House science committee, ScienceInsider says.

Four Republican lawmakers urge President-elect Donald Trump to keep Francis Collins as NIH director, Stat News reports.

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