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OGeS to Develop Colorectal Cancer Biomarkers With Oxford University Researchers, Joins GE Consortium

NEW YORK, April 12 (GenomeWeb News) - Oxford Genome Sciences and researchers at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology of the University of Oxford are collaborating to discover clinical biomarkers for colorectal cancer, OGeS said today.


In forming the collaboration, OGeS joins an ongoing research consortium between the University of Oxford and GE Healthcare to develop personalized diagnostic tests and treatments for colorectal cancer. The consortium was founded last fall with funding from GE Healthcare.


Under the two-year agreement, OGeS will use its proteomics technology and Oxford Genome Anatomy Project protein database to discover diagnostics for early- and late-stage colorectal cancer, and to identify protein biomarkers of recurring colorectal cancer. OGeS will analyze protein profiles of blood samples, as well as genetic variations and risk factors, from colorectal cancer patients.


Last week, OGeS and Biosite said they were also collaborating to develop new diagnostics for relapsing colorectal cancer.

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Participation Analysis

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Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.