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At least some variants associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia appeared to contribute to PSA levels in the blood, independent of prostate cancer.

The ID Core XT is the second molecular assay approved by the FDA for use in transfusion medicine and the first to report genotypes as final results.

The test can be used on donated blood samples as well as other human cells and tissues.

A combined assay to screen blood donations for HIV and hepatitis viruses and a test for West Nile virus are now cleared to run on the Procleix Panther system. 

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A CBS News station in California reports on newborn heel-prick blood spot testing and later use of those samples.

Despite the astronomical costs, it may prove challenging to reverse course and discontinue Zika testing according to a commentary article accompanying a NEJM study.

In a study involving almost 23,000 women, DNA reflex testing detect 95 percent of trisomies while avoiding recalls. 

The company credited its molecular diagnostics and international businesses as drivers of new growth.

The assay runs on the Procleix Panther system and detects B. microti, B. duncani, B. divergens, and B. venatorum parasites that can be transmitted by tick bites or blood donation. 

Hologic's CEO said in December that the blood screening business was a drag on the company's growth. 

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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.