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DiaSorin Molecular Simplexa C. difficile Direct Assay

DiaSorin Molecular has launched the Simplexa C. difficile Direct Assay in the US. The assay aids in the diagnosis of infection by detecting the C. difficile toxin B gene in liquid or unformed stool samples, and had been available outside the US since November. The US Food and Drug Administration cleared the test in February

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.