Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Micronoma, University of New South Wales to Develop Liver Cancer Dx Using $4M Grant

NEW YORK – Microbial cancer detection firm Micronoma said Tuesday that it is collaborating with the University of New South Wales, Sydney under a $4 million grant from the Australian government to apply artificial intelligence technology toward developing microbial biomarkers for the early detection of liver cancer.

Amany Zekry and Emad El-Omar, both professors at UNSW Medicine & Health, are leading the effort alongside co-principal investigator and Micronoma CSO Eddie Adams.

The group will use Micronoma's AI-driven microbial biomarker technology to detect, validate, and translate blood-borne microbial-derived biomarkers for the early detection of HCC — something the company has already been working on internally.

Micronoma CEO Sandrine Miller-Montgomery said in a statement that interest in the link between circulating microbiome signatures and cancer early detection has been growing since the firm's proof-of-concept publication in Nature last year.

"Developing a method to enable the identification of robust microbial plasma biomarker signatures of HCC is in our product pipeline, and this collaboration enables us to fast-track product development," she added.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.