Dx Focus: Clinical and Regulatory PCR and Nucleic Acid Testing News | GenomeWeb

Meridian Bioscience said this week that Health Canada has granted the company an approved medical device license for illumigene C. difficile, the company's Clostridium difficile molecular amplification assay.

The assay amplifies DNA using loop amplification technology to detect the presence of the toxin-producing region from the bacterium. Meridian said that the test provides highly accurate results in under an hour.

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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ProTraits includes genetic, phenotypic data on bacteria, archaea; Candida albicans assembly 22; and more.

The Wall Street Journal reports that researchers are looking beyond Cas9 for CRISPR editing.

Familial DNA searches in criminal cases are winning over some critics, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In PNAS this week: miR-515 levels higher in women with preeclampsia, horizontal gene transfer in parasitic plants, and more.