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Scientists from Stellenbosch University in South Africa have been awarded $131,000 from the National Institutes of Health for the first year of a planned four-year project aimed at developing and evaluating a molecular assay for multi- and extreme-drug-resistant tuberculosis usin

Smiths Detection Diagnostics and Novartis Diagnostics plan to develop and market highly multiplexed assays for a variety of infectious diseases, beginning with a focus on healthcare-associated infections.

Novartis Diagnostics will take the Bio-Seeq molecular diagnostic tests for infectious disease through clinical trials and on to commercialization.

The company will use $2.2 million to develop a PCR-based multiple flu test.

The UK-based company will offer the toolkit through a single license that combines IP it licensed from Brandeis University and PHRI Properties, the tech-transfer arm of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.