NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Although it was one of the first companies to develop methods for highly sensitive sequencing of circulating tumor DNA, Personal Genome Diagnostics has so far limited its liquid biopsy testing to the research market.

That changed last week, though, with the launch of the company's first clinical blood-based cancer sequencing test, PlasmaSelect 64 — a pan-cancer targeted next-gen sequencing assay that offers physicians the opportunity to look for actionable alterations in a patient's tumor without having to do an invasive biopsy.

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Oct
02
Sponsored by
Roche

In the last few years several molecular testing methodologies — such as immunohistochemistry, PCR, and sequencing — have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to aid in the management of patients with lung cancer.  

Oct
10
Sponsored by
Philips Genomics

This webinar will provide a first-hand look at how the Dana-Farber Cancer Center is adapting its oncology care strategy in light of the rapidly evolving molecular landscape.

Oct
11
Sponsored by
ArcherDX

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).

Oct
17
Sponsored by
Lexogen

This webinar will present a method for RNA-seq expression analysis of FFPE-derived RNA samples that are too degraded for successful application of standard RNA-seq techniques.