WHO Says Drug-Resistant TB Spreads Fast

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is spreading even faster than medical experts had feared, the World Health Organization warned in a report issued this week. The rate of TB patients infected with the drug-resistant strain topped 20% in some countries, the highest ever recorded, the agency said.

Phase 2 Results for Yales Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer Blood Test 99% Accurate

Laboratory Corp of America(R) Holdings, Burlington, NC reports that Yale University released the results of its Phase II study on a blood test to detect early-stage ovarian cancer. Using six biomarkers, the test discriminates between disease-free women and ovarian cancer patients (stage I-IV) with high specificity (99.4%) and sensitivity (95.3%).

Genzyme Inks Sublicense Agreement with DxS

Genzyme Genetics, Cambridge, Mass, has signed a sublicense agreement with DxS Ltd, Manchester, UK in which it will grant DxS worldwide rights with the exception of North America and Hong Kong for diagnostic testing of epidermal growth factor receptor mutations in non-small cell lung cancer.

MIT Explains Spread of 1918 Flu Pandemic

MIT researchers have explained why two mutations in the H1N1 avian flu virus allowed the disease to spread during the 1918 pandemic that killed at least 50 million people. The work could help scientists detect and contain a future bird flu outbreak among humans.

Kimberly-Clark Introduces Benchtop Protector

The new Kimtech Science benchtop protector from Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga, features a polyethylene backing that creates a fluid barrier while providing slip resistance.