NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roche said today that it plans to immediately initiate screening of blood samples with its Cobas Babesia test under an investigational new drug application protocol, and it is working with designated study sites in the US to commence testing.

The qualitative in vitro nucleic acid screening test performs direct detection of Babesia DNA and RNA in whole blood specimens from human blood donors.

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Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

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