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The Canadian biomarker test developer attributed the revenue increase to a collaborative research agreement; an Asian biomedical consortium; and sales of its ColonSentry biomarker test.

The Berlin-based firm trimmed its loss on higher sales from collaborations, licenses, and partnerships.

Exact Sciences will combine the Invader chemistry with digital PCR technology.

The Berlin-based company is planning to market the test in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Epigenomics will partner with distributors Abbott Molecular and Quest Diagnostics to launch the test in other European countries, as well as the US.

OSU Medical Center will enroll patients who agree to join Coriell's personalized medicine project under the guidance of their primary care physician. The partners will study the impact of using genomic information in treating chronic conditions.

Qiagen said that the acquisition, along with the fact that it has more than 15 companion diagnostic collaborations with pharma companies, provides it with a leading position in the personalized healthcare market.

In an interview with Pharmacogenomics Reporter this week, Hakan Sakul provided a snapshot of Pfizer's efforts in personalized medicine, the company's stance on regulatory issues, and its overall focus on "omics"-guided medicine.

The results from the Australian study may have implications for US consumers, since similar to Australia, US law bars health insurers from discriminating based on genetic information, but not companies providing life and disability insurance.

"If approved by the FDA, the DxS TheraScreen: K-RAS Mutation Kit would become a companion diagnostic for use with Erbitux in metastatic colorectal cancer to determine which patients have wild-type KRAS status in the US," DxS said this week.

The companies aim to offer the K-RAS mutation companion test to US markets.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.