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The Israeli firm recently announced the results of a multicenter study of its Bladder EpiCheck test in addition to netting €2.5 million in EU funding to develop a lung cancer assay.

The test uses changes in DNA methylation patterns for the early detection of lung cancer and is based on the same platform as the firm's bladder cancer test.

The grant money will be provided through the EC's Horizon 2020 European Innovation Council program and Bpifrance's innovation development programs.

Backed by €19 million in EU funding, the initiative, called BigData@Heart, will create a research platform that could change the way cardiovascular diseases are diagnosed and treated.

The grant is being provided under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework program.

Fotis Kafatos Dies

Fotis Kafatos, the founding president of the European Research Council, has died, according to the Associated Press.

Companies are now expected to have their tests cleared by authorities for clinical use, and to bring their entire catalogs into line with the new regulations by May 2022.

Areas of concern are the recruitment of talented scientists, as well as retaining access to EU funding, European research collaborations, and clinical trials.

The new algorithm, called TOPSPIN, complements the company's MMprofiler test. It is considering making TOPSPIN-generated data available to its MMprofiler patients.

A set of rules for IVDs will take effect in 2022, and another for medical devices will take effect in 2020.

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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.