Genetics, Genomics & Molecular Diagnostics News

The white paper, while not enforceable, addresses the lab industry's concerns and makes a public health case for FDA oversight of LDTs. 

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A quarter of the polar alga genome harbors highly divergent alleles, an international research team reported.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the firms expect to finalize the acquisition in the first quarter of 2017.

The two new single-cell RNA-sequencing methods aim to overcome some of the limitations of single-cell transcriptomics.

Agendia, which makes the MammaPrint test, called the report "disappointing" but thinks it still has a shot at landing wider reimbursement in Germany.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: nanopore sequencing workflow to detect antibiotic resistance in gut microbes, TSSPlant tool, and more.

Because gene-edited organisms can cross borders, Gizmodo wonders whether there should be an international body to govern their use.

HHS Secretary nominee Tom Price is to go in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today, NPR's Morning Edition reports.

Prior to being closed, Theranos' Arizona lab failed an inspection by regulators, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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.

Genotoxicity workflows performed manually are subject to workflow bottlenecks, where the throughput is inherently limited, and active time spent performing the tests reduces the lab’s overall efficiency. Additionally, variability associated with operator technique and laboratory conditions could lead to a loss in precision, or worse, systematic errors that can skew results. This article demonstrates automated imaging as it pertains to the comet and gamma-H2AX assays in order to simplify genotoxicity assay workflows and provide robust results.

Stringent guidelines of quality assurance and control (QA/QC) serve as the foundation for dependable and reproducible results in any analytical endeavor. Here we highlight step-by-step, the measures implemented by Myriad RBM that take Luminex xMAP technology to a high level of reproducibility and ruggedness. The Myriad RBM platform combines the sensitivity and dynamic range of microsphere-based immuno-multiplexing with the precision and dependability of automated liquid handling.