The assay is currently in the final stages of validation at Lab 21’s advanced testing laboratory based at its Cambridge facility and will be available to all customers including private clinics and NHS hospitals beginning in mid January 2006.
The RVP is a proprietary test that simultaneously detects up to 20 distinct viral sequences and subtypes that represent more than 95 percent of all clinically relevant respiratory viruses in adults and children. Viruses detected using the assay include respiratory syncytial virus A and B, influenza A and B and viruses important in patient management and pandemic surveillance, such as SARS and influenza A H5 (the subtype associated with avian influenza). Lab 21 has a separate identification test which can confirm positive H5N1 samples. Results for all of these viruses can be provided within 24 hours of receipt of sample in the Lab 21 laboratory.
Jerry Walker CEO of Lab 21 stated, “We are delighted to be able to offer this important service and have been working with our existing customers to assess the performance of the test in our molecular diagnostics laboratory in Cambridge. We will be marketing the service from January 2007 onwards in time for peak ‘flu season.”
Berwyn Clarke, CSO of Lab 21 added, “ Our ability to offer another gold-standard service is testament to our efforts to develop Lab 21 into a leading UK clinical reference laboratory and enhances our already strong position in virology yet further. The real value of this test lies in its ability to identify those respiratory viral infections for which therapeutic intervention is currently available while, at the same time, it provides a rapid and sensitive tool for epidemiologic studies.”Press contact:
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Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
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For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.
Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...
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