To you, a slide may be just a slide. But to Carlo Pantano, that piece of glass represents countless opportunities for research. Pantano and a team of researchers at Penn State with collaborators at Schott Glass have come up with a new coating and a better kind of glass that Pantano says can improve the quality of microarray experiments by more than 50 percent.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

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