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Spirochetes of B. mayonii. (Used with permission: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. All rights reserved.)

The reference lab noted unusual melt temperatures in samples processed for Lyme disease, and collaborated with others to find the spirochete in Upper Midwest ticks.

The startup is looking for a PCR instrument partner for its automated back-end technology for resolving and quantifying multiple nucleic acids from a sample.

Rusinga Island, via Wikimedia Commons.

The new method detects very low levels of parasitemia which could be useful for future malaria erradication efforts.

A team from the University of Potsdam in Germany has combined wild-type blocking PCR using locked nucleic acids with high-resolution melting analysis to detect DNA mutations of unknown type and position in a background of up to 10,000-fold wild-type DNA.

The National Institutes of Health Office of Technology Transfer this month disclosed several new licensing opportunities related to molecular diagnostics using PCR or other nucleic acid amplification and analysis technologies.

Researchers from several institutions have developed a high-resolution melting assay that can provide measurements of HIV diversity that are highly concordant with equivalent sequencing-based measurements at a fraction of the cost.

The FDA in February approved an earlier version of the FilmArray Respiratory Panel, but Idaho Tech chose not to commercialize that product, instead waiting for FDA approval of an updated version including two additional viral targets, the parainfluenza 1 and 2 viruses.

The FDA recently awarded 510(k) clearance to Idaho Technology's FilmArray Respiratory Panel, but the company has chosen not to commercialize the product, instead awaiting FDA clearance for a follow-on version containing two additional targets.

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Biomedical research projects are generating a ton of data that still needs to be analyzed, NPR reports.

Theranos is retiring some of its board members, including Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, Business Insider reports.

The heads of 29 scientific societies and some 2,300 researchers call on President-elect Donald Trump to rely on and support science in two separate letters.

In Science this week: genetically modified flu virus could be key to new live vaccines, and more.