NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Novacyt and Cepheid have signed an agreement to introduce a complete human papillomavirus diagnostics system to Latin America.

Under the terms of the three-year, non-exclusive agreement, Cepheid will distribute Novacyt's NOVAprep vial, media, and cervical sample collection device in the region. These will be used in conjunction with the Cepheid Xpert HPV test, either as a primary cervical cancer screening assay or for reflex cytology.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.

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