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Investigators, led by Hong Kong researcher and Grail collaborator Dennis Lo, described a cancer detection strategy using cleavage patterns in circulating DNA molecules.

Though there are few direct hints at how the company plans to translate its findings to a clinical test, its early data has captured the attention of the cancer community.

The financing round will support Grail's ongoing development and validation of early cancer detection products.

The NGS-based test improves on a previous PCR-based version and detects circulating DNA from Epstein Barr virus that is shed from cancer cells.

The recent agreement between Freenome and Biognosys suggests a role for proteomics as developers of genomic-based cancer detection tests look beyond ctDNA.

In a training subset of the larger cohort, the company was able to develop classifiers that detected many cancers while minimizing false positives.

The firm plans to launch a nasopharyngeal carcinoma test in Asia this year and is developing breast cancer tests to supplement mammograms.

Technologies gained one of their first solid footholds in the clinical care of cancer patients with adoption into the treatment paradigm of lung cancer, while researchers turned their eyes to proving utility in other niches.

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Hundreds of scientists have signed a letter criticizing the open-access Plan S, ScienceInsider reports.

NPR speaks with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) about the US House of Representatives science committee.

A start-up company aiming to match cancer patients to treatments closes after about six weeks, Stat News reports.

In PLOS this week: somatic mutation associations unearthed in thousands of cancer exomes, pathogen detection assay, and more.