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Cartagenia Bench Lab 5.0

Agilent Technologies has released the Cartagenia Bench Lab 5.0. This version of the software includes new capabilities for somatic variant classification, review, curation, and reporting, the company said. The updated variant curation tools enable labs to build internal knowledgebases that contain predictive, prognostic, diagnostic, and functional evidence for variants. It accesses tumor type ontology and variant information from curated and public databases to help labs efficiently implement their variant assessment standard operating procedure and more effectively filter variants. The software provides direct access to more than 100 curated databases including CIViC, COSMIC, N-of-One, OncoMD, and CollabRx.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.