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Asuragen QuantideX qPCR BCR-ABL IS Kit

Asuragen has launched its QuantideX qPCR BCR-ABL IS kit, the first FDA cleared molecular diagnostic test for monitoring BCR-ABL1 transcripts in myeloid leukemia. The kit uses armored DNA technology to create World Health Organization Primary standard-aligned RNA-based calibrators. The assay reports patient results directly on the International Scale in accordance with the European LeukemiaNET and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the company said.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.