Chinese University of Hong Kong

The NGS-based test improves on a previous PCR-based version and detects circulating DNA from Epstein Barr virus that is shed from cancer cells.

Using Epstein-Barr virus DNA as a marker, investigators uncovered several individuals with early-stage nasopharyngeal cancers in a large screening effort in China.

Cirina will operate as a subsidiary of Grail and the combined entity will collaborate with Dennis Lo's lab at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

The approach, which uses 10x Genomics technology for haplotyping, requires neither mutation-specific assays nor DNA from affected family members.

The joint center will, among other things, design, establish, and conduct training in clinical genetics and genetic counseling tailored to key Asian regions.

Researchers used bisulfite sequencing to identify methylation markers in order to trace circulating DNA fragments back to their tissue of origin. 

The researchers sequenced plasma samples on the MinIon and found that NIPT could be feasible with improvements to accuracy, DNA extraction, and library prep.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Chinese team led by Chinese University of Hong Kong researcher and Sequenom advisor Dennis Lo has demonstrated the feasibility of using RNA sequencing to profile fetal and maternal RNA transcripts in maternal blood.

Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,563,707, "Compositions and methods for detection of hepatitis A virus nucleic acid."
James Carlson and Steven Brentano are named as inventors.

Researchers from Dennis Lo's lab at The Chinese University of Hong Kong have adapted their non-invasive prenatal sequencing method for bisulfite sequencing to analyze the methylation status of fetal DNA in maternal plasma samples.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.