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PerkinElmer, Helix GenePrism:Actionable Insights

PerkinElmer and Helix have launched GenePrism:Actionable Insights, a genetic screening test that they said is the "most comprehensive clinical grade DNA sequencing and interpretation" test currently on the market. The test allows users to learn about their risk for underlying diseases. A user's DNA will be sequenced by Helix and the results will be interpreted by board-certified geneticists at PerkinElmer Genomics using ordered data interpretation network, that firm's proprietary high-throughput software platform. In comparison to other commercial firms that look at a limited number of letters in a gene sequence, GenePrism:Actionable Insights assesses each of 59 genes in its entirety, including BRCA1/2, the partners said. They also noted that PerkinElmer Genomics maintains one of the largest databases of known genetic variations from different ancestries globally providing customers with a more in-depth assessment. 

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.