Friday, December 23, 2016 Written by David Persing M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical and Technology Officer, Cepheid

From the Editor

In this issue of On Demand, Dr. Ellen Jo Baron provides a wealth of information on our perennial foe, the influenza virus. If you want to get up to speed on this subject quickly, read this issue; it encapsulates much of the recent research on the flu viruses, their virulence factors, and approaches to their detection. As many of you know, rapid detection of this virus during the flu season is of significant medical value, but until recently, most of the rapid tests have not been sensitive enough to rule out influenza infection with a high degree of confidence. Next-generation molecular diagnostic testing for influenza virus and specifically the Xpert® Flu cartridge represent game-changing technologies. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have.