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Biocartis Idylla MSI Assay

Biocartis announced today that it has launched its automated Idylla MSI assay. The research-use-only assay provides information on the microsatellite instability-status of a tumor in about 150 minutes from one slice of FFPE tumor tissue without requiring a reference sample. The assay includes a set of seven MSI biomarkers, including ACVR2A, BTBD7, DID01, MRE11, RYR3, SEC31A, and SULF2 genes. 

The Scan

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.

Study Reviews Family, Provider Responses to Rapid Whole-Genome Sequencing Follow-up

Investigators identified in the European Journal of Human Genetics variable follow-up practices after rapid whole-genome sequencing.

BMI-Related Variants Show Age-Related Stability in UK Biobank Participants

Researchers followed body mass index variant stability with genomic structural equation modeling and genome-wide association studies of 40- to 72-year olds in PLOS Genetics.

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.