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A PCR-based look at pathogens and parasites in adult Ixodes ricinus ticks from France identified multiple pathogens in more than 20 percent of adult individuals tested.

Using a combination of approaches, researchers characterized influenza A viruses at two live animal swine markets in Minnesota.

Longhorn wins FDA EUA for H1N1 flu test; UC-Davis offering RT-PCR respiratory viral panel test.

One study identified a variant of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus that Gen-Probe's ProFlu+ test failed to flag as positive for influenza A, while a second study found an "unexpected" amount of mutability in the matrix gene of the virus that stymied PCR-based subtype testing via melting temperature analysis.

Rapid influenza diagnostic tests only detect the new H1N1 strain and other flu viruses between 40 and 69 percent of the time, according to a pilot study by CDC researchers.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.