Pronto Diagnostics

By Molika Ashford
In the hunt for the genetic causes of hearing loss in local populations, researchers at Tel Aviv University have taken up targeted genomic capture and deep sequencing to root out causative mutations.

Pronto will begin offering the test to the private payor market and begin the regulatory process to make the test available to the publicly funded Israeli HMO market.

Signal Genetics' CEO J said the deal "represents our initial entry into the international market with MyPRS and strong interest among both laboratories and physicians outside the United States in providing broader access to this novel technology."

Starting in November, Pronto Diagnostics plans to begin marketing in Israel Epigenomics' Septin 9-based test for early detection of colorectal cancer

Pronto, based in Tel Aviv, is the first distributor for Epi proColon outside of Germany, where Epigenomics is headquartered.

Pronto will begin marketing Epigenomics' Epi proColon test in November.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.