NuProbe VarTrace Sanger Assays
NuProbe Global has launched VarTrace Sanger assays for ultrasensitive detection and quantification of cancer mutations with variant allele frequencies down to 0.1 percent. The company specifically launched three assays covering EGFR mutations for non-small-cell lung cancer; BRAF mutations for melanoma and thyroid cancer; and FLT3, DNMT3A, IDH1, IDH2, KIT, NPM1 mutations for acute myeloid leukemia. The assays are based on the firm's proprietary blocker displacement amplification (BDA) technology, and are compatible with both cell-free DNA from blood plasma and tissue samples including formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, NuProbe said.
Personalis Whole-Genome Sequencing Service
Personalis has launched a new whole-genome sequencing service, extending its existing portfolio of comprehensive cancer omics tests, including targeted gene panels, exome, and transcriptome products. The company said that the new offering reflects its experience analyzing cancer samples across numerous biopharma oncology clinical trials, and takes advantage of "large-scale laboratory and data systems" developed as part of its WGS effort for the US Department of Veterans Affairs' Million Veteran Program.
CBR ReadyGen Pediatric Genetic Screening Service
CBR, a Los Angeles-based company specializing in newborn stem cell banking, has launched a new genetic service developed in collaboration with Sema4. ReadyGen is a genetic screening test that analyzes a child's DNA for more than 200 conditions that can affect children before the age of 10. These conditions are currently addressable through medication, dietary modification, newborn stem cell transplant, or other therapies, especially when detected early in a child's life, the company said. Parents can order ReadyGen online and all orders will be reviewed and approved by a physician to ensure they are medically appropriate for the child.
In addition, ReadyGen will include a pharmacogenetic analysis that provides information on response variability to more than 40 medications that may be prescribed during childhood.
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