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New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: May 27, 2016

New Quest Vantage Cancer Panels

Quest Diagnostics expanded its Vantage cancer test menu with three new services: the MYvantage 34-gene Hereditary Comprehensive Cancer Panel, which includes 34 high risk, moderate risk, and emerging risk genes associated with a broad spectrum of hereditary cancers; the Glvantage Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Test, which includes 13 genes predominantly associated with colon and gastric cancers; and the Qvantage Hereditary Women's Health Cancer Test, which includes 14 genes predominantly associated with breast, colon, uterine, and ovarian cancers. Each tests only include genes that meet certain criteria, such as two-fold increased cancer risk, association with a disease syndrome for which cancer may occur, and guideline support for genetic counseling, the company said.

Granger Dx's Wound~Seq

Granger Diagnostics has launched Wound~Seq, a next-generation sequencing test for wounds and infections. The molecular diagnostic test aims to discover all bacteria, all fungi, all parasites, and select viruses present in a wound or infection using a simple swab of area. It's the second next-generation care test in the company's pipeline following Gynecologene, a laboratory test for bacterial vaginosis.

Bio-Rad's Amplichek II Quality Control

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched the Amplichek II, an independent, multi-analyte quality control test that monitors the performance of in vitro laboratory nucleic acid testing procedures for the qualitative detection of healthcare-associated infections. It was recently issued a de novo clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration, and it is the first in a series of infectious disease controls that Bio-Rad plans to introduce to the molecular diagnostic testing market, the company said.

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The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.