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The test MRSA and MSSA directly from blood culture samples in about one hour, compared to between 48 and 72 hours with other methods, the company said. 

The in vitro diagnostic test runs on the Illumina NovaSeq 6000 instrument and will be performed at Helix's San Diego CLIA-certified laboratory.

The assay provides comprehensive genomic information to oncologists from a blood draw, using targeted next-generation sequencing of circulating cell-free DNA.

The company said it broadened the scope of its life science products to include COVID-19 reagents used by manufacturers to develop rapid antigen tests.

Genomic data analytics firm Sentieon uses the challenges to prove and increase customer confidence in its bioinformatics technology.

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Public health experts call for a transparent COVID-19 vaccine approval process in a letter; the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assures science-based approval.

The sequencing-based test for minimal residual disease can be use with blood and bone marrow samples in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

The Vela and Capstone tests are both PCR-based and designed to detect their viral RNA targets in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimens.

The PCR viral load test runs on the Cobas 6800/8800 systems and has been calibrated to the World Health Organization International Standard, Roche said.

The tests use a range of different specimens including self-collected nasal swabs, bronchoalveolar lavage, sputum, and nasopharyngeal washes.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.