ECCMID Molecular TB Assay From PBD Biotech Shows Promise in Detecting Latent-to-Active Disease Risk Premium The blood-based assay, called Actiphage, combines phage-induced lysis of infectious bacteria and molecular detection of bacterial DNA. Cepheid Developing Xpert Test to Distinguish Between Bacterial, Viral Infections Premium The prototype assay, presented at ECCMID in Lisbon, integrates sample preparation and RT-PCR to measure a six-mRNA host signature. Oxford Nanopore Sequencing Shows Promise for Diagnosing Prosthetic Joint Infections Premium The method, presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, may provide results in hours rather than a week or more. Cepheid Outlines Assay Improvements, Xpert Cartridge Partnering Program at ECCMID Premium An early user of a new Mycoplasma genitalium and antibiotic resistance test from SpeeDx that uses the Xpert cartridge shared some initial validation data. German Engineering Firm Bosch to Enter MDx Market With Vivalytic Launch Premium The company cites flexibility and ease of use as its main selling points, and is partnering with IVD firms like Randox and R-Biopharm on assay development. Apr 23, 2018 BD Provides Roadmap for MDx, Microbiology Lab Offerings at ECCMID Premium Apr 23, 2018 UK Effort to Sequence 3K Bacterial Genomes Nears Goal Breaking News People in the News at Genomill, Oxford Nanopore, Myriad Genetics, More Single-Cell Analysis of Colorectal Cancer Uncovers Two Epithelial-Cell Based Subtypes New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Bio-Rad, Beckman Coulter, Oncologica, More In Brief This Week: Pacific Biosciences, Invitae, Grail, Mainz Biomed, Molzym, More GenomeWeb Top 40 Down 5 Percent in June, Tracking Broader Market Decline The Scan Pig Organ Transplants Considered The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans. 'Poo-Bank' Proposal Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases. Spurred to Develop Again New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing. Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.