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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — In a deal signed ceremoniously at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting earlier this week in Chicago, Merck and Sysmex Inostics will collaborate to develop and commercialize a kit to assay RAS mutations in circulating tumor DNA.

When Japan's Sysmex disclosed two weeks ago that it had acquired molecular diagnostics services firm Inostics and flow cytometry specialist Partec, it noted that the purchases were designed to aid its foray into personalized medicine and companion diagnostics.

Japanese in vitro diagnostics firm Sysmex said this week that it has acquired a pair of German companies — molecular diagnostics services firm Inostics and flow cytometry specialist Partec — in a bid to bolster its personalized medicine and companion diagnostics development business.

This story has been updated from a previous version to incorporate information about Sysmex's acquisition of Partec.

Inostics said this week that its clinical laboratory in Baltimore, Md., has received CLIA licensure, allowing it to offer its non-invasive OncoBEAM tumor mutation test.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Molecular diagnostics firm Inostics announced today that its clinical laboratory in Baltimore, Md., has received CLIA licensure, allowing it to offer its non-invasive OncoBeam tumor mutation test.

Becton Dickinson said this week that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market the BD Max Cdiff assay.

Following last month's publication of a study that suggested the Papanicolaou test, or Pap smear, could potentially be repurposed as a sequencing-based screening test for endometrial and ovarian cancer, the authors are now working on validating the results, hoping to develop a ro

Two studies published earlier this month in Nature have demonstrated how Inostics' BEAMing digital PCR/flow cytometry technology can be used to detect drug resistance mediated by KRAS mutations in colorectal cancer patients months before treatment failure is observed.

By Ben Butkus
German molecular diagnostic services company Inostics is currently beta-testing its first assay kits featuring its BEAMing digital PCR technology, company officials said recently.

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.