Horseshoe crab 'farming' preserves species, makes blood test possible April 3, 2020 -- Researchers have developed a new aquaculture-based method to harvest immune cells from horseshoe crabs that preserves the crustaceans while also creating the potential for new clinical applications, like testing blood for sepsis, according to a study published in Frontiers in Marine Science on April 1. Discuss
Ipsum gets FDA nod for COVID-19 test April 3, 2020 -- Ipsum Diagnostics has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its IDx diagnostic test to identify individuals with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.
Quest ramps up coronavirus testing amid reports of backlog April 2, 2020 -- Quest Diagnostics said it is ramping up its coronavirus testing capability to 30,000 tests per day, while stressing that cases will need to be prioritized in light of very high demand. The announcement came amid news media reports claiming that the company is partly to blame for a big backlog of tests reported in California. Discuss
Testing confirms bathhouse transmission of SARS-CoV-2 April 2, 2020 -- The transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among nine patients who used a bathhouse more than 400 miles north of Wuhan, China, has been confirmed via molecular testing and computed tomography scans, according to a research letter published March 30 in JAMA Network Open. Discuss