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

Genera Biosystems said this week that the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved its PapType human papillomavirus test kit for inclusion in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

PapType is a PCR-based assay, which uses Genera's AmpaSand beads as "microscale platforms upon which DNA hybridization events can occur," the company said. Binding events on the beads are read by flow cytometer.

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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.