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Spartan Bioscience has gained a CE IVD Mark for its Spartan RX CYP2C19 point-of-care test to guide antiplatelet treatment. Meanwhile, the firm is planning a US regulatory filing in 2011.

Although several studies have shown that carriers of CYP2C19 alleles do not respond to Plavix as well as non-carriers, and the FDA has updated the drug's label to notify physicians of the role of these alleles in Plavix metabolism, the assay's label specifically notes that "the INFINITI CYP2C19 Assay is not intended to be used to predict drug response or non-response."

Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.