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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mitochondrial DNA diagnostics firm MDNA Life Sciences announced the launch of its first noninvasive blood-based cancer test this week, with Phi Life Sciences as the assay's first US distributor.

Though the company got its start developing assays for analysis of tissue samples, researchers have more recently found that the firm's mitochondrial DNA-based approach is similarly sensitive when applied to blood samples. Based on this, the company has now shifted its focus to the liquid biopsy space.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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