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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In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.

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Roche

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Oct
11
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This webinar will discuss a validation study for a next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay for hematological malignancies (e.g., acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, and myeloproliferative neoplasms).