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Stanford's study describing a method for gauging rejection in organ transplant recipients was the most read story during the past week.

The March of Dimes-supported center at Stanford will search for biomarkers for premature birth as part of a multidisciplinary effort.

After verifying that organ transplant rejection corresponds to a rise in cell-free donor DNA in recipient blood samples, researchers from Stanford University developed a sequencing-based approach for assessing these donor DNA levels.

Stanford is using XCT's a-BriX servers as part of a cluster called Numbercruncher that includes 100 Tesla C2050 GPUs.

IP Roundup: Mar 15, 2011


Auburn University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University

Three research projects that will use genomics research into preterm birth were among the recipients of the grants, each for $600,000 over four years.

The test, from researchers at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, combines methylated DNA immunoprecipitation and quantitative real-time PCR, and has demonstrated 100 percent sensitivity and specificity.

Through genome comparisons and follow-up studies using mouse embryos and human cells, Stanford University researchers have gathered evidence that some human-specific traits may result from a loss of regulatory DNA.

The decision means that "Aetna has decided to pay for AlloMap as a matter of policy," an XDx spokesperson said. Prior to the policy decision, "Aetna would require medical justification for each test to consider whether or not to pay" for it.

IP Roundup: Mar 8, 2011


Illumina, Picoliter, Samsung Electronics, Affymetrix, Stanford University, Roche NimbleGen


The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.