NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Bay Area startup Toma Biosciences emerged from stealth mode this month with a new cancer assay designed to provide physicians with information to help them personalize and optimize treatments for cancer patients.

The company's test, called Amplinome, specifically uses Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital PCR platform to detect copy number alterations, also called amplifications, in 12 different genes that are known to be important in cancer and have been linked to specific, existing US Food and Drug Administration-approved therapies.

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Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

In Cell this week: gene editing-based strategy to screen for immune system regulators, ancient plague patterns, and more.

Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.