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The device, named the Verisante Aura, uses Raman spectroscopy to measure levels of various biomarkers – including proteins, nucleic acids, and metabolites – in skin lesions. In initial clinical trials it distinguished between benign and malignant lesions with 100-percent sensitivity and 70-percent specificity.

In addition to a five-marker diagnostic test that the company plans to launch in the second half of 2011, Myriad is developing a second melanoma test that would gauge survival benefit.

GSK is conducting a Phase III study for a MAGE-A3-targeting therapeutic for the adjuvant treatment of melanoma. To receive the drug in the study, participants' tumors must be shown to express MAGE-A3 via a molecular test that Abbott is developing.

Abbott and GSK will develop and commercialize a PCR test for the MAGE-A3 biomarker using Abbott's m2000 automated real-time PCR system.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.