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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.

The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.