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DEPArray OncoSeek Panel And DEPArray LibPrep Kit

Menarini-Silicon Biosystems and Swift Biosciences have collaborated to develop and launch the DEPArray OncoSeek Panel and the DEPArray LibPrep Kit. Both products were developed to prepare and analyze tumor cells derived from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples. The LibPrep kit will allow researchers to build complex NGS libraries from a few hundred FFPE cells that contain low amounts of damaged and fragmented DNA, the company said. The OncoSeek panel will allow simultaneous analysis of sequence variants and copy number alterations focused on cancer-associated genes, and employs a streamlined single tube 2-hour reaction, generating reliable ready-to-sequence Illumina-compatible libraries, the company said.

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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.