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Abbott this week said it has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market the Abbott RealTime HBV assay for measuring the viral load of hepatitis B in patients.

Abbott said that the assay is based on real-time PCR and is available for laboratories that use Abbott's m2000 automated molecular diagnostic testing system; and is the only FDA-approved test capable of automating HBV viral load testing from sample extraction to final result.

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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: personal genome approach to RNA-seq read alignment, hematopoietic Systems Biology Repository, and more.

A man is using DNA evidence to argue that he is the rightful heir to the baronetcy of Stichill, the Guardian reports.

As part of an effort to get a diverse group of people to donate their DNA for research, some blood donors in the San Diego area will get their genomes sequenced, according to KPBS.

The comment period on the Department of Health and Human Services' proposal to alter the Common Rule has been extended.