NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An assay from Asuragen to detect the most common genetic mutation associated with amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) has been shown to have significant advantages over a lab-developed test in an evaluation by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

Asuragen's research-use-only PCR test for GC-rich expansion repeats in the gene C9orf72 is part of a growing menu for genotyping extremely hard-to-amplify regions that the firm believes will be valuable to both researchers and pharmaceutical developers.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.

Oct
02
Sponsored by
Roche

In the last few years several molecular testing methodologies — such as immunohistochemistry, PCR, and sequencing — have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to aid in the management of patients with lung cancer.  

Oct
10
Sponsored by
Philips Genomics

This webinar will provide a first-hand look at how the Dana-Farber Cancer Center is adapting its oncology care strategy in light of the rapidly evolving molecular landscape.