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The company said that it has achieved encouraging results in a preclinical study of the assay, and that if clinical trial results are equally positive it will submit the test for US Food and Drug Administration approval by the end of the summer.

As part of ongoing research to create an "equipment-free" nucleic acid assay, PATH researchers showed in a recent study that electricity-free exothermic reactions can successfully incubate an isothermal nucleic acid assay with results equivalent to commercially available PCR instruments.

The company has developed a cartridge-based, multiplex, sample-to-answer molecular testing platform in the same vein as Cepheid, and hopes to begin clinical trials for its first two tests for detecting Staphylococcus aureus in blood culture and Clostridium difficile in stool by early summer.

Qiagen will supply ESE-Quant Tube Scanners to national health authorities in 35 emerging countries in Africa, Asia, and South America under the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme in veterinary diseases.

ZyGem's acquisition of MicroLab Diagnostics, announced this week, is expected to accelerate the company's transformation from a provider of DNA extraction products to a purveyor of fully integrated DNA-testing platforms for the forensics, biodefense, and eventually clinical diagnostics markets.

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A new study catalogues the genome and evolutionary history of the oak family, UPI reports.

Dog DNA testing is a growing market, but there's still a lot of uncertainty about the accuracy of the results, the Boston Globe says.

A University of South Florida researcher is testing bone fragments to determine if they belong to Amelia Earhart.

In Cell this week: antisense Piwi-interacting RNA responses to endogenous retroviruses, proteomic patterns in hepatocellular carcinoma, and more.