Insight Genetics has been awarded a contract from the National Cancer Institute worth nearly $1.5 million to begin clinical testing of its qPCR-based assay for ALK mutations in lung cancer.

The test, which is based on intellectual property licensed from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and being developed on a Qiagen real-time PCR system, is on track to soon be offered as a research-use-only assay, and as a CE-marked kit in the second quarter of next year, the company said this week.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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