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Discovery Life Sciences SpecimenSeq

Discovery Life Sciences has launched SpecimenSeq, a collection of high-quality, fully consented biospecimens to help researchers identify, develop, and validate new biomarker signatures for precision medicine applications.

SpecimenSeq is composed of matched biospecimen sets including FFPE, double-spun plasma, and buffy coat formats from treatment-naive cancer patients. The biospecimens are fully annotated with clinical data and the FFPE biospecimens specifically include clinically relevant genomic variants from 64 genes. Genomic data for SpecimenSeq are produced using the custom HAD QGEN MultiModal Panel-based DNA and RNA analysis service available exclusively through Discovery's sequencing and bioinformatics laboratory, HudsonAlpha Discovery. This panel service uses Qiagen's QIAseq MultiModal targeted DNA and RNA sequencing chemistry and analysis platform that is also available as a standalone service through HudsonAlpha Discovery with variant allele frequency detection at less than 5 percent.

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.