Did BodySphere jump the gun on '2-minute' COVID-19 test?
April 3, 2020 -- The news seemed too good to be true: A company called BodySphere claimed to have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for what it said was a two-minute serological test for detecting COVID-19.  Discuss
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
FDA issues emergency authorization for BD, BioGX's COVID-19 test
April 3, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization to Becton Dickinson (BD) and BioGX for their novel coronavirus test.
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.
MicroGenDX offers 24-hour coronavirus test of saliva and sputum samples
April 3, 2020 -- MicroGenDX is offering a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test to detect the novel coronavirus in saliva and sputum samples.
Siemens debuts test kit for COVID-19
April 3, 2020 -- Siemens Healthineers has created a fast-track diagnostics test kit to help identify patients with 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
Cellex gets FDA authorization for COVID-19 antibody test
April 2, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the first emergency use authorization for a test to determine COVID-19 status from antibodies in blood samples to the biotechnology company Cellex.
FDA provides reference sequence data for SARS-CoV-2
April 1, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has collaborated with four expert entities to develop quality-controlled sequence data for the SARS-CoV-2 reference strain.
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