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BioReference Laboratories OnKoSight Advanced

Opko Health's BioReference Laboratories announced the launch of its next-generation sequencing assay OnKoSight Advanced, which enables DNA mutational profiling of tumor samples. The test, developed by BioReference's specialty oncology division GenPath, offers targeted gene content aligned with recent National Comprehensive Cancer Network and World Health Organization guidelines. The panels include key biomarkers, such as tumor mutation burden and tumor-only microsatellite, and are tumor-type specific. They are also "optimized to exclude extraneous gene content," the company said.  

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.