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RT-qPCR

The real-time RT-PCR multiplex test is intended for the simultaneous detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A virus, and influenza B virus.

The firm's SmartChip platform consists of a high-throughput liquid dispenser and a PCR instrument and can provide more than 5,000 reactions in one run.

The firm presented a poster at ASCO suggesting that its StemPrintER platform outperforms Exact Science's Oncotype Dx for predicting breast cancer recurrence.

The company already offers an antibody test, Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test, that it is distributing for its Chinese joint venture partner Autobio Diagnostics.

More than a dozen studies have been published to date directly comparing molecular diagnostic COVID-19 tests, with some detecting differences, mostly in sensitivity.

The Minneapolis-based firm believes the assay can successfully serve as a clinical indicator for patients at risk of developing high-grade prostate cancer (HGPC), thereby improving prostate cancer management. 

The firm also received the CE mark for the test, which uses a reformulated buffer and takes less time to process than a test requiring an RNA extraction step.

The expansion increases the number of PCR instruments and types of reagents and consumables labs can use to run the Applied Biosystems TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit.

Meridian has been providing essential components, including reagents, for multiple SARS-CoV-2 molecular and serology tests.

Replacing nasopharyngeal swabs with saliva samples or nasal swabs could increase throughput and convenience, as well as relieve reagent and equipment shortages.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.