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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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.

Dec
12
Sponsored by
Illumina

This webinar will discuss the use of shotgun metagenomics to identify children at risk of hospital-acquired infection.