Health Canada

Public health microbiologists are forging ahead with WGS, even as others caution that it may not yet be ready for such a role, said speakers at ASM Microbe 2018.

As part of the approval, DermTech will market and sell the pigmented lesions assay in Canada, while samples will be processed at the company's lab in California.

The test is the first to be approved for the company's second-generation molecular detection system, but can also be run using the first-generation system alongside other existing assays.

The oncology assay is the first from Roche using either plasma or tumor tissue samples and identifies 42 mutations in the EGFR gene.

The platform and the assay were cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration in October and were launched in the US shortly thereafter.

The Canadian approval comes more than a year after the FDA cleared for marketing the MiSeqDx system, the two CF assays, and sample prep kit.

The molecular diagnostic test identifies influenza virus A subtypes H1 and H3, influenza B, and human respiratory syncytial viruses A and B.

The xTAG CYP2D6 kit runs on the Luminex 100/200 instrument and helps physicians determine drug treatment strategies. 

The assay is now approved for testing composited samples of ground beef.

Originally published Oct. 31.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Spartan Bioscience is gearing up to commercialize its CYP2C19 test in Canada in the point-of-care setting, a previously untapped market for the company.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.