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FDA Clears Hologic MDx Assay for Gastrointestinal Illness

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Hologic said today that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared its Prodesse ProGastro SSCS assay for marketing in the US.

Hologic acquired the technology when it bought Gen-Probe last summer. The real-time, multiplex PCR assay is for the qualitative detection of Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter (C. jejuni and C.coli only undifferentiated) nucleic acids and Shiga Toxin 1 (stx1) and Shiga Toxin 2 (stx2) genes.

Hologic said the assay runs on a common benchtop instrument available in many labs and will provide results in hours. By comparison, culture tests may take 48 hours or more for results.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.