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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is providing informatics services for an NCI-funded project to standardize cancer genomics ontologies.

In March 2010, Austin, Texas-based diagnostics firm Vermillion launched sales of its OVA1 ovarian cancer test.

Proteomics diagnostics firm Somalogic reported data this week supporting the utility of its blood-based 13-protein panel for the detection of malignant mesothelioma.

In particular, the study indicates that the technology's limit of detection is not yet sufficient to detect key low-abundance proteins and that it suffers from reproducibility issues that, while ultimately resolvable, could present significant practical obstacles in a clinical environment.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center demonstrated that a mass spectrometric blood serum assay based on haptoglobin fucosylation patterns could become an accurate method for pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

The company, which has licensed intellectual property related to use of the auto-antibodies from UCSD, aims to develop the diagnostics first as CLIA-based tests and ultimately in a microarray format available to physicians.

The trials will evaluate biomarker panels for lung, colon, and prostate cancer, and may include a comparison of proteomics-based lung cancer tests from Somalogic and Celera.

The company released results from studies of its six-protein diagnostic panel for lung cancer at this month's AACR meeting and this summer may take part in a 300-patient trial sponsored by the NCI's Early Detection Research Network.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.