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The company has begun a clinical trial for its Progensa PCA3 assay, enrolling 500 men who have had a negative prostate biopsy. The study is slated to complete in less than a year, at which point the company expects to submit its PMA to the FDA.

Roche's MRSA assay will compete against similar molecular tests from Cepheid and Becton Dickinson.

New Releases: Mar 25, 2009

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DxS' TheraScreen KRAS Mutation Kit

Med BioGene's CEO said the company is on track to launch its LungExpress assay in the second half of this year and will likely open a US office to support the test, which will initially be offered in a CLIA-compliant partner lab.

DxS get EU approval to sell its TheraScreen K-RAS Mutation Kit for use on Roche's LightCycler instrument and licensed rights to related software.

Ten research entities will use almost $6 million to create a microbe resource that includes a DNA bank and provide high-throughput screening services.

Researchers in the Neuromuscular Disorder-Chip Consortium will use custom-designed NimbleGen Human CGH 12x135K microarrays and Human Sequence Capture 385K arrays to study the genetic underpinnings of a range of neuromuscular disorders.

The company will develop its HybSelect gene capturing technology for use in joint sequencing technology research.

BioArray Briefs: 2009.03.03

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Febit, READNA Consortium, US Department of Agriculture, Autogenomics, Oxford Gene Technology, Optra, Gene Logic, Genstruct, Global Biomarker Conference

Short Reads: Mar 3, 2009

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Febit, Complete Genomics, Broad Institute, EnGenCore, German Genetics Society, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CLC Bio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Genomatix

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.