Research & Development
Diagnostics for fungal pathogens lack standardization
Clinicians from the U.S. and Europe discussed molecular diagnostic approaches to fungal infections and the research work done so far to standardize assays during a series of talks at Infectious Disease Week (IDWeek) meeting, held virtually from September 29 to October 3.
October 26, 2021
Test identifies any infection from any sample in hours
Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco developed the test, which requires no special handling or processing for each specific bodily fluid and uses next-generation DNA sequencing technology. It accounts for all DNA in a single sample. The test uses a new analytical software application to compare DNA sequences in the sample to genomic databases that cover all bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections from any species.
November 10, 2020
Thoracic guideline advises newer tests for fungal infections
Based on a systematic review of the scientific literature, the guideline covers lab tests for diagnosing invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, invasive candidiasis, histoplasmosis, blastomycosis, and coccidioidomycosis, among other infections. Options reviewed include the following:
August 29, 2019
Labs gear up to diagnose novel fungal infection
In the past few years, more than 600 cases of an emerging fungal infection called Candida auris have been identified in 12 U.S. states, according to the CDC.
April 14, 2019
Chembio Diagnostics applies for FDA CLIA waiver for HIV, syphilis test
Dr. Fauci invokes Yogi Berra to describe emerging infectious disease challenge
Thermo Fisher Scientific introduces digital PCR liquid-biopsy assays for academic, clinical research
Thermo Fisher Scientific updates Applied Biosystems genetic analyzers to comply with IVDR
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Quest Diagnostics completes acquisition of Summa Health outreach lab services business
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