NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Espoo, Finland-based molecular diagnostics firm Orion Diagnostica has launched a Clostridium difficile assay on its CE-marked Orion GenRead platform.

The bench-top assay works direct from stool on up to 12 samples at a time and can detect strongly-positive infections in 15 minutes using a patented isothermal amplification technology, a company representative told GenomeWeb in an email.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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