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Agena UltraSeek Lung and Colon Panels

Agena Bioscience has launched the UltraSeek Lung and Colon panels for the detection of somatic mutations from lung and colon cancers. The panels enable mutation profiling of circulating tumor DNA and circulating tumor cells from plasma and solid tumor tissue. They also target mutations of known significance in BRAF, EGFR, ERBB2, KRAS, NRAS, and PIK3CA genes. The panels can work with DNA extracted from a single 10 mL blood draw and can detect mutations as low as 0.1 percent minor allele frequency, the company said.

The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.