Aspergillus

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Molecular testing methods such as nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) and qPCR, administered either in combination or separately, are superior to routinely used ELISA-based assays for diagnosing invasive aspergillosis, according to a newly published retrospect

Irish clinical diagnostics company Trinity Biotech has acquired the blood bank screening and certain molecular assets of UK-based personalized medicine and clinical diagnostics firm Lab21, the companies said today.

BD Diagnostics, a segment of Becton Dickinson, and Lab 21 will develop the real-time PCR-based test as an in vitro diagnostic product.

Today's announcement is in line with BD's plans to bring new assays to the BD Max System in a "broad range" of diseases.

Gen-Probe's Prodesse ProAdeno+ assay; Myconostica's MycAssay Aspergillus test; Warnex launches Septin9 test in Canada.

Myconostica's MycAssay Aspergillus gets CE mark for serum.

The UK-based company also signed on Inverness Medical Canada to distribute its products in the country.

A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.