Transgenomic has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct initial studies on the feasibility of using Ice-Cold-PCR for the early detection of pancreatic cancer.

Under the one-year, $100,000 grant, administered by the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Omaha, Neb.-based Transgenomic will use mouse models to test the ability of Ice-Cold-PCR to detect KRAS and Trp53 mutations in urine and blood samples, according to recently published grant information.

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