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The San Antonio-based firm also intends to file a 510(k) for clearance of the assay.

Japanese and Australian researchers report that they have identified genetic changes in the turnip mosaic virus as it moved from its main host to a previously unsusceptible plant.

The acquisition may also provide Thermo Fisher with a foothold in the rapidly growing PCR-based molecular diagnostics market, according to a company official.

Cepheid also recently inked sole-source agreements with two separate entities to conduct surveillance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using its GeneXpert platform, company officials said last week.

ViraCor granted FDA EMA for H1N1 flu test; University of Kentucky offering H3N8 equine flu diagnostic.

The PCR-based test for detecting and differentiating influenza types has received the green light for marketing in Europe.

AstraZeneca is working with DxS to commercialize a EGFR mutation test kit in Europe to identify the patient population most likely to benefit from treatment with non-small cell lung cancer drug Iressa. The company has announced no such plans in the US, where the FDA has restricted any new NSCLC patients from receiving the drug.

The two companies have cross-licensed "certain technologies," enabling both firms to develop IVD products based on DNA methylation that use DxS' Scorpions technology.

Under the partnership announced this week, DxS' RT-PCR technology will be joined with Exosome Dx's xOSO technology — which collects nucleic acids from blood exosomes — to develop blood-based companion diagnostics for detecting cancer gene mutations.

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A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.