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As a longer-term product, the firm is developing a sequencing test for the clinic that could enable identifying a broad range of sepsis pathogens and detecting antimicrobial resistance.

Researchers are working with the Australian Ministry of Health to commercialize a diagnostic test that employs the biomarker and could be available within two to five years.

Biocartis and MRCT are planning to develop a range of molecular diagnostic assays for Biocartis' fully automated Idylla platform.

New membership rules by PhRMA governing R&D spending come as the industry tries to change its image as profiteers of sickness and disease. 

MultiGen said its test identified and confirmed the BRAF p.V600E mutation with a thousandfold increase in sensitivity compared to competing PCR-based and NGS methods.

The test will use plasmonics to detect DNA, microRNA, and tumor antibodies with high sensitivity within a single test.

Giant platelets on a blood smear

The approach, dubbed ThromboSeq, enables clinical researchers to identify different cancer types by looking at tumor-educated, platelet-derived RNA using RNA-seq.

The algorithm identifies proteins in blood samples taken after bone marrow transplants that predict patients at risk for severe graft-versus-host disease.

The partners aim to identify master regulators in the molecular networks of GIST patients that can serve as drug targets for existing treatments.

UCSF said that the healthcare computing platform will use deep learning to analyze EHR, omics, wearables, and IoT sensor data. 

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.