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Empire Genomics Clinical Lab Gets CLIA Certification, New York Approval

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Empire Genomics today said that its clinical laboratory facility has received CLIA certification and has been approved by the New York State Department of Health.

As a result, Buffalo, New York-based Empire Genomics said it plans to offer assays based on biomarkers for myeloma and prostate cancers in 2014. The company licensed a genomic biomarker from Emory University in late 2012 for multiple myeloma to develop a companion diagnostic, and in May the firm was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop the test.

In May also, it licensed a biomarker from Cornell University to develop a companion diagnostic for neuroendocrine prostate cancer, and in June, Empire Genomics, the University of Buffalo, and Life Technologies joined forces to develop CLIA-certified next-generation sequencing facilities in upstate New York.

The Scan

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EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

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Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.