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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.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.