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Interpace Diagnostics PanDNA

Interpace Diagnostics has launched PanDNA, a new product that stratifies patients' risk of developing pancreatic cancer based on specific molecular criteria. PanDNA assigns risk for a cyst based on an accumulation of three molecular criteria: DNA quantity, an oncogene panel, and a tumor suppressor gene panel. If the product has a higher number of findings, it is an indication of a potentially higher risk of prognosis, the company said. The product is currently in the initial phase of launch, but Interpace said that it expects the final rollout to come on or around Oct. 15.

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The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.