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Human Diagnostics Worldwide, Eiken Chemical, FIND Malaria-LAMP

Human Diagnostics Worldwide, Eiken Chemical, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics launched Malaria-LAMP for the detection of malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax parasites. The group said that it is the first commercially available molecular test for P. vivax-associated malaria. The assay uses loop-mediated isothermal amplification developed by Eiken and is exclusively distributed by Human Diagnostics. FIND and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases evaluated the prototype test and coordinated in-country clinical performance studies in Columbia and Peru. The test can differentiate between Plasmodium pan species, P. falciparum, and P. vivax, and has a sensitivity of 84 percent to 94 percent and a specificity of greater than 92 percent. According to the group, the assay's limit of detection is one to two parasites per microliter.

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Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.