NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a PCR-based test for the diagnosis of the Ebola Zaire virus.

The test was developed by the US Department of Defense and uses Thermo Fisher Scientific Life Technologies' TaqMan technology. It is authorized by FDA for use in laboratories "designated by DoD to help facilitate effective responses to the ongoing Ebola outbreak detected in West Africa," a spokesperson for the FDA said in an email to GenomeWeb Daily News.

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.

Jan
30
Sponsored by
Loop Genomics

This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.

Jan
30
Sponsored by
Loop Genomics

This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.