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The CDC's assay will run on ABI's 7500 Fast Dx Real-Time PCR instrument or the research use only 7500 Real-Time PCR instrument.

The deal will give cash-strapped Decode immediate access to an undisclosed sum in upfront payments, while Celera will gain access to gene markers that will expand its cardiovascular disease-focused genetic testing service.

The test has not been cleared for marketing by FDA, but the agency granted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the authority to use the multiplex panel to diagnose patients in the US.

CEO David Deems said that Xceed has decided to engage the FDA early in the development process because the agency's "thinking on these types of tests is evolving" and the company would like to "stay connected to whatever approach they are thinking of putting in place."

New Product Watch: Apr 28, 2009

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AltheaDx, Bioconductor

Based on the results of the study, the company has assembled a panel of six protein biomarkers with the ability to detect non-small cell lung cancer in patients with 94 percent sensitivity and 93 percent specificity. The company is hoping to launch the test by 2012.

At a March meeting with industry groups, the FDA gathered comments regarding the barriers to drug/diagnostic codevelopment and noted the agency might issue a series of white papers on the topic.

Although the Pharmacogenomics Training and Research Laboratory will primarily focus on training students in the discipline, it could also enable R&D partnerships with industry players.

Snippets: Apr 22, 2009

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Johns Hopkins University's Genetics and Public Policy Center, National Cancer Institute, Santoris, RayBiotech

The Center will use the funds to study labeling of genetic tests, direct-to-consumer genomic test marketing, and genetic discrimination.

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President Donald Trump announced the US would be leaving the World Health Organization, NBC News reports.

A study of Great Danes homes in on a genomic region linked to fearfulness.

CDC head says a new analysis indicates earlier testing wouldn't have caught viral spread, NPR reports.

In PLOS this week: gene expression and epigenetics of Indonesian populations, hookworm parasite secretome, and more.