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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Startup Bluestar Genomics, a spinout of the Stephen Quake lab at Stanford University, has uncovered a link between an epigenomic signal in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and pancreatic cancer in patients.

Based on its findings, Bluestar is developing a non-invasive liquid biopsy assay that tracks epigenetic modifications linked to gene regulation and pancreatic cancer pathogenesis in circulating cfDNA in patient blood samples.  

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30
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May
07
Sponsored by
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