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Orion Genomics, Wash U to Co-develop Cancer Tests Based on Methylated DNA

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Orion Genomics is collaborating with researchers at WashingtonUniversityin St. Louisto discover diagnostic cancer biomarkers, the St. Louis-based company said today.


In several collaborations, scientists at Orion and WashingtonUniversitywill study common cancers, including lung, breast, cervical, prostate, and ovarian cancer, to find DNA methylation-based biomarkers of cancer and those that indicate how a cancer will respond to certain therapies.


Orion plans to develop tests that detect trace amounts of methylated tumor DNA in tissues such as blood serum, biopsies, and cell scraps, and expects to market them within three years.

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