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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.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Kite Pharmaceuticals' CAR T-cell therapy for large B-cell lymphomas, the New York Times reports.

Kaiser Health News reports that gene therapies could cost more than a million dollars.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have received a grant to combine biology and computer science for high school students.

In Nature this week: variants associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, review of key CRISPR enzymes, and more.