In their most extensive public comments about the SELDI platform since Bio-Rad Laboratories acquired it from Ciphergen Biosystems last year, officials from Bio-Rad said that despite its shortcomings, the technology is still a valuable tool in the search for biomarkers.
Since purchasing the surface enhanced laser desorption ionization system from Ciphergen last November, Bio-Rad has stayed largely silent about the controversial technology and its plans for it.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

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