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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Transgenomic believes that a new PCR technology that it recently licensed from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute could have promise down the road as a screening tool to detect early-stage cancer in blood samples.

The technology, called coamplification at lower denaturation temperature PCR, or COLD-PCR, was developed by Mike Makrigiorgos' lab at Dana-Farber. It preferentially amplifies segments of DNA that contain mutations, and is thereby able to increase the sensitivity of downstream mutation-detection methods by a factor of 10 to 100.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

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