Nanosphere said this week that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Verigene Respiratory Virus Plus nucleic acid test on the Verigene system.

The RV+ test detects influenza A, influenza B, respiratory syncytial virus A, and RSV B in a single test; and further subtypes influenza A as H1, H3, or 2009 H1N1.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.

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