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Illumina said this week that the US Food and Drug Administration has granted it breakthrough device designation for its pan-cancer assay, which is currently in development. Illumina plans to market the assay as TruSight Oncology Comprehensive. It will be based on the content of the firm's TruSight Oncology 500 (TSO 500) assay, which is designed to detect known and emerging biomarkers for solid tumors. Illumina is seeking FDA approval for the assay as a companion diagnostic.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more people get sick and die from drug-resistant germs than previously thought, the Washington Post reports.

According to the Associated Press, three universities and a healthcare institution are sharing a gift of $1 billion.

New rules seek to limit the type of scientific and medical research that can be used to guide public health regulations, the New York Times reports.

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