Partnership of Illumina and bioMérieux Proposes an Epidemiology Service to Provide Hospitals and Public Health Officials ‘Out-of-the-Box’ Genomic Pathogen Solutions

This collaborative effort with microbiology labs will keep microbiologists at the forefront of infectious disease diagnostics A partnership of San Diego-based genome sequencing company Illumina, and the French multinational, in vitro diagnostics company bioMérieux, plans to launch a next-generation sequencing (NGS) epidemiology service that will allow microbiologists to rapidly identify strains that threaten hospital inpatients and public health, according to a press release distributed by the...

New Clinical Laboratory DNA Test Identifies Sepsis Patients in Just 18 Hours

Researchers say Mobidiag’s microarray-based diagnostic test technology looks promising There’s a new DNA-based microarray platform that could speed identification of blood-borne pathogens. By allowing clinical laboratories to deliver test results in just 18 hours, use of this new microarray could improve early detection and management of sepsis patients. In a study headed by Päivi Tissari, M.D., of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, Helsinki University Hospital Laboratory in Finland, the...

Pathogen Audit at Canadian Labs Triggers Increased Bio-Security Measures

Canadian scientist steals specimens, caught by U.S. Customs agent at the border Laboratories are invariably out of the public eye—until there is a problem. In Canada, The Canadian Press reported earlier this year that audits had uncovered serious flaws in the tracking and accountability of dangerous pathogen specimens at federal laboratories. In response, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) called for increased security measures governing bio-safety at government laboratories. These...
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