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Devyser HBOC Kit for Hereditary Breast, Ovarian Cancer Testing

Swedish genetic test developer Devyser has launched the HBOC kit for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer testing. The kit is based on Devyser's proprietary next-generation sequencing library prep technology, and provides targeted sequencing of 12 genes in which mutations are associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The company said that the workflow takes less than 45 minutes. The HBOC kit is part of Devyser's NGS Oncology suite, complementing the company's BRCA kit that enables simultaneous screening of mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The new kit is available in the EU and through Devyser distributors in several countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, China, South America, and Africa. Customers in countries in which Devyser does not have distributors currently (e.g. the US and Canada) can self-import the assay, a company spokesperson said.

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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.