The company aims to commercialize a sequencing instrument based on Helicos' technology and has secured orders from a Shanghai-based genomics startup.

Investigators using droplet digital PCR methods are following cell-free tumor DNA in the blood, looking for patterns coinciding with immunotherapy treatment outcomes.

The firm recently released two droplet digital PCR-based assays that can characterize edits generated by CRISPR-Cas9 or other genome editing tools.

Going forward, the company will focus on its wholly owned subsidiary Medicinal Genomics Corporation, which conducts cannabis genetics research.

Researchers examine the gap in funding between researchers and research institutions, ScienceInsider reports

By sequencing two ancient dog genomes, researchers from the US and Germany suggest that dogs were domesticated in a single event, the Washington Post reports.

In Genome Research this week: population dynamics of E. coli infection, lncRNA expression changes in macaque aging, and more.

Researchers are using sourdough starter to get a glimpse into the factors and processes that influence the microbiome, NPR reports.

Whatever practices you use for NGS assay development, validation, and performance monitoring, your goal is the same: Your results must be as accurate, precise, and consistent as possible.

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What’s been holding back more widespread adoption of liquid biopsy testing?

Lack of adequate circulating tumor DNA reference materials for developing and measuring safe, accurate and reproducible assays has been a challenge for clinical labs

Liquid biopsies are poised to revolutionize cancer diagnosis and therapy, but until now, advances in diagnostic technology - particularly at the low end of the sample input and sensitivity spectrum - have been hampered by the lack of ability of labs to reproducibly measure and assess the assay’s performance.