NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – CML HealthCare today said that it has licensed exclusive rights to offer Mitomics' prostate cancer test in Canada.

The Prostate Core Mitomic Test is a mitochondrial DNA-based test that detects malignant cells in biopsy tissue. The firms said it can detect mitochondrial DNA alterations in benign tissue when a tumor is present in adjacent tissue, and they noted that the test offers 85 percent sensitivity with a negative predictive value of 92 percent.

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Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.

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