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The Netherlands Cancer Institute's Laura Van't Veer and her colleagues used whole-genome cDNA-mediated annealing, selection, extension, and ligation — or DASL — on 20 matched tissue samples to show in this week's PLoS One that "gene expression profiles from formalin fixed paraffin embedded breast cancer tissue are largely comparable to fresh frozen matched tissue." When properly processed, Van't Veer et al.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

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