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LAM IvyGene Test

Laboratory for Advanced Medicine has launched its non-invasive, epigenetics-based, laboratory-developed IvyGene test. IvyGene is designed to detect DNA methylation patterns consistent with the presence of cancer and provide quantitative data about the presence of cancer at the time of testing. It is intended to be used in conjunction with other diagnostic and confirmatory tests, including mammograms, PET scans and biopsies. To date, LAM said that the assay has been validated to detect four cancers: breast, colon, liver and lung, though the company has not yet published clinical validation results. 

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.