PCR-based assays

Otzi gastrointestinal tract.

An analysis of stomach and gastrointestinal samples suggests the Iceman munched on a high-fat diet of ibex, red deer, and einkorn plants before his final hike.

The test has been validated for use with the same full set of female urogenital specimens that are used with Cobas NT/NG testing, as well as for use with male urine. 

Samples collected at live poultry markets in China identified birds carrying several low pathogenic avian influenza virus subtypes and various mixed infections.

The financing will go toward efforts by the German firm to bring its point-of-care screening system for drug-resistant bacteria to hospitals. 

The firm said that the RealTime CMV test is the only commercially available cytomegalovirus that can amplify two select regions of the CMV genome.

The PREDICT/PDF-2180 virus is the latest coronavirus identified in a bat species, supporting a potential bat reservoir role in the evolution of such viruses.

The technique provides the scientific community with a higher-resolution methodology to determine if a mouse cell line has been correctly identified in research.

The firm said that it has completed clinical trials for the Group B Strep assay for the FDA and will start trials for the C. difficile test this month. 

Single nucleus sequencing analysis of triple-negative breast tumors indicated that copy number changes occur in bursts early in tumor evolution.

The PCR-based assays run on the company's Aries system, which itself received FDA clearance in October 2015.

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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

In Science this week: research regulation and reporting requirement reform, and more.

With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.