NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BioMérieux today said that the US Food and Drug Administration has given 510(k) clearance to its BioFire Diagnostics business for the FilmArray Respiratory Panel 2 (RP2), which tests for 17 viruses and four bacteria that are responsible for respiratory tract infections.

The panel will be commercially available in the US by mid-June, the firm said.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.