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Despite the astronomical costs, it may prove challenging to reverse course and discontinue Zika testing according to a commentary article accompanying a NEJM study.

The assay was developed in the Wadsworth Center Biodefense Laboratory and includes a novel sample prep enabling detection from stool.

The University at Albany this week announced that scientists from its RNA Institute have begun collaborating with researchers from the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to advance new biomedical technologies.

Akonni Biosystems and Albany, NY-based Wadsworth Center are working together under a $300,000 National Institutes of Health grant to develop a closed amplicon PCR microarray to detect encephalitis- and meningitis-causing viruses in cerebral spinal fluid, Akonni said this week.

Agilent Technologies, Columbia University, and others are collaborating on development of the system, which will be based on MassTag PCR.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.