Microbiology News : clinical, Jan 2021

CRISPR COVID-19 Test
The Nepalese Government will begin using the CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 kit as part of its COVID-19 testing strategy after a generous donation from a non-profit organization established by the test kit manufacturer.  more...
T2 SARS-CoV-2 Test detects variants
T2 Biosystems has announced its SARS-CoV-2 Panel can detect multiple variants of the virus, including those most recently identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the U.S. The test returns results in two hours.  more...
Detect COVID-19 RSV and Flu with one test
TCA/GENETWORx has launched a RT-PCR test to detect COVID-19, RSV and Flu from just one sample. Patients or providers can be informed of the result faster via the Aura digital platform.  more...
Three FDA Authorized Tests Impact by SARS-CoV-2 Variant
The US FDA has issued an alert regarding SARS-CoV-2 viral mutation to health care providers and clinical laboratory staff. The alert identifies three tests, which have EUA, that might be imapcted by the variants in circulation.  more...
Rapid and Affordable COVID-19 Testing
The $6 million XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing prize, a competition to create newer, higher standards of COVID-19 testing to help society safely return to everyday activities has announced 20 finalists into the next stage, concluding in February 2021.  more...
Bruker MBT Sepsityper rapid identification
Bruker has announced FDA clearance for its MBT Sepsityper Kit US IVD that enables rapid, specific detection of many cases of bacteremia-induced sepsis to assist infectious disease specialists in potentially life-saving decisions.  more...
RNA control for new SARS-CoV-2 variant
Mutations in the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 have made some S-gene PCR tests invalid. Twist Bioscience is now offering an RNA control for labs to check the validity of their RT-PCR tests. This new control adds to Twist Bioscience's range of SARS-CoV-2 reagents.  more...
LIMS for ISO 17025
Autoscribe Informatics' new white paper examines the role of LIMS in supporting ISO 17025 accreditation. The white paper explores how a LIMS can play a key role in achieving, maintaining, and benefiting from ISO 17025 accreditation. more...
Rapid Saliva-based Antigen test for COVID-19
Beijing Tisgun Diagnostics has received CE-marking for its COVID-19 Saliva Antigen Rapid Test. The test detetcs the N-protein of SARS-CoV-2 and provides a result in 15 minutes, is easy-to-use and inexpensive.  more...
New Products for COVID 19 Testing
This week: CE-IVD Saliva Rapid Antigen Test; XPRIZE COVID-19 Test competition update; FDA issues alert to COVID-19 testing labs to beware that single-target tests can produce false-negatives if variant is present.  more...
New products for SARS-CoV-2 the coronavirus that causes COVID-19
This week: New PCR & antigen tests to differentiate between Flu & COVID-19; Surface tests for SARS-CoV-2 receive AOAC approval; Room temperature stable viral transport media; PCR test to identify mutations & New EC rules for using rapid antigen test kits. more...
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests for Europe
The European Commission (EC) has put forward rules to ensure the uniform use, validation and recognition of rapid antigen tests in the EU and signed a contract with Abbott and Roche to provide 20 million rapid antigen test kits to member states more...
CE Marked COVID-19 Antigen and Antibody Tests Approved
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen and Antibody Test Kits from WESAIL have now been added to the list of approved kits by Ministero della Salute (the Health Department, Italy),  Paul-Ehrlich-Institut and the European Commission. more...
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Mutant Protein
Sino Biological has produced a collection of recombinant antigens for new variants of SARS-CoV-2. The reagents can be used to evaluate the efficacy of antibodies and vaccination. more...