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PierianDx Clinical Genomics Services

PierianDx this week launched clinical genomics services to complement its Clinical Genomics WorkSpace software product. One component of the services involves preparing labs for precision medicine and expanded molecular testing, which includes planning with the clinical team, molecular tumor board development, physician engagement, and integrating technology into LIMS and EMRs. The other component of the services is focused on the clinical lab such as assay validation, selection, and interpretation. The company said that it also offers turnkey and custom assays performed in a CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory.

The Scan

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.

Study Explores Animated Digital Message Approach to Communicate Genetic Test Results to Family Members

In the Journal of Genetic Counseling, the approach showed promise in participants presented with a hypothetical scenario related to a familial hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome diagnosis.

Computational Tool Predicts Mammalian Messenger RNA Degradation Rates

A tool called Saluki, trained with mouse and human messenger RNA data, appears to improve mRNA half-life predictions by taking RNA and genetic features into account, a Genome Biology paper reports.

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.