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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.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.