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Quidel said this week that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Quidel Molecular RSV + hMPV assay for the detection of respiratory syncytial virus and human metapneumovirus.

Labceutics and Asuragen announced this week that that they will conduct an international, multi-center quality assurance study to track standardization across labs conducting BCR-ABL1 testing on the International Scale.

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Asuragen will develop Armored RNA Quant BCR-ABL1 RNA International Scale calibrators and laboratory software reporting tools to help laboratories standardize testing when treating Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia patients with Novartis' Gleevec.

Asuragen is developing BCR-ABL calibrators that "are intended to be compatible with several widely used assays," as well as a software reporting tool that is "expected to help standardize how BCR-ABL1 RT-qPCR results are reported according to the International Scale."

Novartis is hoping to reduce variability in Bcr-Abl transcript monitoring by developing and commercializing a test that reports results in line with a standard called the International Scale.

Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.