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Foundation Medicine GeneKit

Foundation Medicine has introduced GeneKit, a genomics solutions portal for pathologists. Powered by FoundationCore, the company's knowledgebase of comprehensive genomic cancer information, GeneKit facilitates the interpretation of genomic data generated by pathologists from targeted next-generation sequencing and "hot spot" assays, the company said. This integration is designed to help pathologists more effectively support clinical diagnosis and treatment strategies via the rapid interpretation and efficient reporting of genomic information to oncology care teams, the company noted.

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Follow-Up Data Requests to Biobank Participants Ineffective, Study Finds

An effort to recontact biobank enrollees for additional information reports low participation in a new BMJ Open study.

Study Finds Widespread Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in Vietnam Hospitals

A sequencing study in The Lancet Microbe finds widespread transmission of drug-resistant Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii in two Vietnam ICUs.

Novel Brain Cell Organoids Show Promise for Autism Research

University of Utah researchers report in Nature Communications on their development of brain cell organoids to study SHANK3-related autism.

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.