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BioMerieux, ExonHit to Develop Dx to Help Predict Surgery Risk in Prostate Cancer

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — BioMérieux and ExonHit Therapeutics plan to develop a blood-based prostate-cancer screening test aimed at helping doctors weigh the risks of performing surgery to remove tumors, BioMérieux said yesterday.
 
Under the collaboration, BioMérieux will use ExonHit’s genome expression IP to develop DNA chips that can detect “several dozens of nucleic acid markers” and use them to find cancer markers in blood.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.
 
The two companies also are involved in a study for a blood-based breast cancer diagnostic and a similar program to develop a test to detect colorectal cancer.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

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.