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Neumann Diagnostics Automated Cervical Cancer Test

Neumann Diagnostics has launched its Confidence molecular test portfolio for cervical cancer screening. The test portfolio consists of a human papillomavirus test and an epigenetic biomarker and was evaluated in a multicentre clinical trial involving over 7,000 cervical samples collected from over 6,000 women. In HPV-positive women, aged 25 years or older, the test's sensitivity for severe cervical dysplasia or worse condition at baseline was about 92 percent and its specificity in the same group was about 74 percent. The clinical trial showed that Confidence tests found severe cases up to 12 months earlier than a Pap smear, according to the firm.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.