NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Adding to an expanding menu of molecular diagnostic assays on its Illumigene platform, Meridian Biosciences is developing a test for the malaria-causing plasmodium parasite.

The assay uses the firm's loop-mediated isothermal amplification-based (LAMP) platform to detect all five species of plasmodium directly from patient blood samples.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.