US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Swiss-based pathogen sequencing analysis firm BioInnovation Solutions today said that it and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have developed a panel for the rapid detection and surveillance of filoviruses, such as Ebola and Marburg.

The agreement provides Akonni access to nucleic acid sequences, primers, and probes for several important biothreat agents, which it will incorporate into molecular tests on its TruArray and TruSentry platforms.

Akonni plans to use the content to develop products to expand its market presence beyond detection of infectious diseases, including global biosecurity.

The startup will use its using next-generation sequencing-based technology for applications aimed at identifying biothreats.

The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.