CompanDX

The collaboration draws on ResearchDx's ability to design, produce, and validate tests, and CompanDx's Distiller platform to deliver small composite biomarker signatures from complex data of high dimensionality.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, the partners will advance diagnostic tests, from biomarker discovery to test validation, applying CompanDx's Risk Distiller bioinformatics tool and CRL's CLIA-certified laboratory services.

The partners said they will collaborate on the development of biomarker panels and companion diagnostics for pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic clients worldwide.

The 31-gene signature, used to predict the time to cancer metastasis after initial surgery and biopsy, has been validated by CompanDX researchers in four different datasets, according to the company.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.