Seegene said this week that Health Canada has granted it a Medical Device License for its Seeplex Diarrhea-V ACE Detection test.

The company said that the multiplex assay uses proprietary PCR technology to simultaneously amplify target pathogens. The test detects a range of viral pathogens that cause diarrhea, including enteric adenovirus, Group A rotavirus, Norovirus GI/GII, and Astrovirus

The license from Health Canada is the first approval for the test in North America. It is already CE-Marked for use in Europe.

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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.

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