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New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Mar 18, 2016

Transgenomic EGFR C797S Mutation Detection Assay

Transgenomic has launched its EGFR C797S Mutation Detection assay. The assay is based on the company's ICE COLD-PCR technology and detects the presence of the EGFR C797S mutation that is associated with resistance to new third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapies in development for non-small cell lung cancer. The high sensitivity of Transgenomic's ICP technology makes it possible to run the new assay using either tissue, blood, or serum samples, the company said. The test is currently available for research use only through Transgenomic's Biomarker Discovery Services group, and is expected to be available for clinical use through the company's oncology CLIA laboratory in Omaha, Nebraska later this year.

MDxHealth SelectMDx Liquid Biopsy Test

MDxHealth has launched its SelectMDx urine-based test for prostate cancer. SelectMDx for prostate cancer is a proprietary urine-based, molecular diagnostic test that offers a non-invasive method to identify patients at low risk for prostate cancer, the company said. The test will be commercially available in the US as a laboratory developed test.

GATC Biotech GatcLiquid Testing Services

GATC Biotech has launched its GatcLiquid testing services: OncoExome, OncoPanel, and OncoTarget. The three tests allow for highly sensitive detection of genomic alteration in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) to capture the entire heterogeneity of cancer. They provide clinical researchers the opportunity to interrogate a whole range of tumor-related mutations that help characterize a patient's cancer from a simple blood sample, the company said.

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The Scan

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.

Active Lifestyle Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in People at High Genetic Risk

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that an active lifestyle goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Beneficial, Harmful Effects of Introgression Between Wild and Domesticated European Grapes

A paper in PNAS shows that European wild grapevines were an important resource for improving the flavor of cultivated wine grapes.

Genetic Ancestry of South America's Indigenous Mapuche Traced

Researchers in Current Biology analyzed genome-wide data from more than five dozen Mapuche individuals to better understand their genetic history.