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Biocept Blood-Based Test for Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer

Biocept has launched a CLIA-validated androgen receptor expression assay that uses a patient's blood to detect and monitor late-stage prostate cancer and a certain form of breast cancer. The assay uses circulating tumor cells from a simple blood draw to detect androgen receptor expression, which is prevalent in patients with advanced prostate cancer. The androgen receptor is also found in a subset of patients with estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor-negative and Her2-negative breast cancer, known as triple negative breast cancer. 

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.