NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Liquid biopsy firm Grail said last week that it is moving forward with an ambitious plan to comprehensively characterize circulating DNA in at least 10,000 individuals — the first details it has released on how it will develop a planned pan-cancer early detection test.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

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In this webinar, the first in the “New Frontiers in Liquid Biopsy Research” series, Bea Bellosillo, head of pathology at the Hospital del Mar, will discuss her experience evaluating an early-access lung cancer panel that detects copy number variants and fusions.

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This webinar will discuss a new approach to amplicon sequencing that addresses the current inefficiencies of the method, such as small designs, primer drop outs, and low uniformity.

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Proximity ligation technology generates multi-dimensional next-generation sequencing data that is proving to solve unmet needs in genomic research. 

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Liquid biopsies are becoming increasingly important for the detection of actionable mutations in cancer due to tumor heterogeneity as well as the practical limitations of invasive tissue biopsies.