Genetics, Genomics & Molecular Diagnostics News

The service provides broad access to information that may be critical for physicians in providing precision cancer treatments.

The companies discussed their plans to change the one-test, one-drug companion diagnostic paradigm at the Personalized and Precision Medicine conference this week. 

Researchers reported on the impact sequencing projects have already had on participants, as well as the challenges, particularly in data interpretation and storage.

The company plans to raise $25 million in a Series B financing round. It is also working on a two-color chemistry and aims to develop an instrument for clinical applications.

In Science this week: convergent evolution in bird hemoglobin, and more.

The Wall Street Journal speaks with patients affected by questionable test results from Theranos.

Researchers link variants in TACR3 to hot flashes during menopause, Live Science reports.

Kuwait says it will alter its law requiring citizens and visitors to provide DNA samples, New Scientist reports.

This white paper offers advice from two industry experts, Jill Northup from Medical College of Wisconsin, and Philip Cotter from ResearchDx, on setting up a clinical NGS laboratory. The paper covers the general principles of CLIA certification and their specific application to clinical NGS, as well as considerations on implementing informatics to support validated workflows.

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) of bisulfite-converted DNA to detect methylation status with per-base resolution is currently restricted by input requirements, requiring at least 50 ng of DNA. This Application Note shows how the unique chemistry of the Accel-NGS Methyl-Seq DNA Library Kit enables the construction of high complexity libraries for:

•      Genome-wide methylation analysis from 5 ng of human cell-free DNA (cfDNA).

Humanized NSG and NSG-SGM3 mice are a new preclinical bridge for immune-oncology therapies. Humanized mice are a proven host for engraftment of human tumors or establishment of human immunity following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Understanding the interactions between human immune cells and tumors is paramount when devising treatment strategies that prevent tumor evasion of immune cells and improve cytotoxic responses.