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Great Basin Shiga Toxin Direct Test

Great Basin Scientific has launched its Shiga Toxin Direct Test, a stand-alone test to provide the Center for Disease Control's recommended identification of the high-virulence serotype O157 in conjunction with detecting Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. The test simplifies the workflow for laboratory technicians, enabling sample-to-result testing with less than one minute of hands-on time using a patient's preserved stool without overnight enrichment, the company said. It is the only stand-alone molecular testing detecting both Shiga toxin-producing E. coli and E. coli O157 cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said.

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.