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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers at the University of Oviedo in Spain have developed an isothermal assay for Mycobacterium tuberculosis that is as sensitive and specific as a PCR-based assay, and could potentially enable rapid testing for the infection in low-resource settings.

Tuberculosis caused 1.5 million deaths and 6 million newly diagnosed infections in 2014. Cultures and microscopy are problematic diagnostic methods because they can take a long time or have low sensitivity, while existing molecular testing is sometimes too complex and expensive.

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Retraction Watch writes that a cancer researcher has had an eighth paper retracted.

Computational biologist James Taylor has died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is starting to test people for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, according to the New York Times.

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