NEW YORK(GenomeWeb) – Diagnostics firm Biodesix said this week that it is collaborating with Swiss proteomics firm Biognosys on companion diagnostic development.

The collaboration will use Biognosys' HRM mass spec technology to complement Biodesix's traditional MALDI-TOF approach to biomarker discovery and development, Paul Beresford, Biodesix's chief business officer, told GenomeWeb.

Specifically, the company aims to better understand the specific analytes underlying the MALDI-TOF mass spec signal comprising its tests, Beresford said.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.

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