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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.

The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.