Becton Dickinson said this week that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance to market BD Max StaphSR Assay for use on the BD Max automated molecular testing system.

The new assay is designed to detect Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus DNA directly from nasal swabs in approximately two hours. It can detect mecA dropout mutants and other new strains of MRSA that may not be detected by other assays, BD said.

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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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