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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 DXRX marketplace, planned for launch in the fourth quarter of 2020, will provide a way for pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic firms, and laboratories to collaborate.

The infectious disease testing firm has developed a sequencing-based coronavirus assay, which it plans to commercialize through its sister firm BioID Genomics. 

The test uses a proprietary at-home PCR nasal swab test with a turnaround time of 24 hours and is authorized for use by at-risk people.

The reference panel is an independent performance validation step for SARS-CoV-2 tests that are being used for clinical, not research, purposes.

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The Food and Drug Administration's decision to halt a SARS-CoV-2 study has drawn criticism, according to Stat News.

The test kit is designed to detect regions of the virus' nucleocapsid and envelope genes in upper respiratory specimens and bronchoalveolar lavage.

The company's adaptive low-resource testing technology requires no instrumentation and limited equipment, making it adaptable to settings without clinical lab infrastructure.

The three RT-PCR-based tests are only authorized for use at their respective developers' CLIA-certified laboratories, according to the FDA.

The approval was based on data showing superior efficacy for Alunbrig compared to Pfizer's Xalkori, especially in patients with brain metastasis.

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Nature News reports that genomics is being applied to trace and try to prevent additional COVID-19 waves.

Rady's Children Hospital and San Diego County are teaming up to test pediatric patients and their families for COVID-19 to gauge the spread of the virus locally, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Wildlife managers aim to boost the genetic diversity of Mexican gray wolves by placing captive-born foster pups into packs with similarly aged wild pups, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: Genetic Probability tool identifies likely diagnoses in 45 percent of inflammatory arthritis cases, and more.