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ARCA aims to boost participation by easing stringent enrollment criteria in a study investigating Gencaro in heart failure patients with a favorable response genotype.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Arca biopharma today said that Laboratory Corporation of America has told it that the US Food and Drug Administration has accepted LabCorp's investigational device exemption application for a companion diagnostic test for an atrial fibrillation drug under development.

Diaceutics, CAHG Launch Personalized Rx-Focused Marketing, Educational Firm Bioceutics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genome Diagnostics (GenDx) announced this week the launch of KimerDx, a spinout of GenDx focused on developing solid organ transplant tests for monitoring disease relapse and transplant rejection. The new firm is led by Doug Bost as managing director.

ARCA Biopharma, a firm developing genetically targeted treatments for cardiovascular diseases, has appointed Ray Woosley to its board of directors.

Response Genetics, Taiho Extend MDx Services Pact
Response Genetics could receive up to $950,000 for molecular diagnostic testing services provided to Taiho Pharmaceutical related to the development of cancer treatments.

The FDA has approved a trial investigating bucindolol in approximately 3,200 chronic heart failure patients who have a genotype associated with response to the beta-blocker and mild vasodilator.

Researchers trace DNA on a clay pipe found at a former slave site to a population that lives in what is now Sierra Leone, the Washington Post reports.

Two researchers report on their genetic analysis of samples from a shawl thought to belong to a victim of Jack the Ripper, ScienceInsider reports.

Japan is to release rules governing some gene-edited food, according to NHK World.

In PLOS this week: computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing, miRNAs linked to sleep apnea, and more.