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Qiagen AdnaTest ProstateCancerPanel AR-V7 and LungCancer Kits

Qiagen this week launched the AdnaTest ProstateCancerPanel AR-V7 and AdnaTest LungCancer kits at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

AdnaTest ProstateCancerPanel AR-V7 detects the androgen receptor splice variant 7 in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) of prostate tumor origin isolated from blood samples to investigate potential resistance to drugs for advanced prostate cancer. With an exclusive worldwide license from Johns Hopkins University for nucleic acid detection of the AR-V7 biomarker for diagnostic use, Qiagen is now launching the test for research use.

AdnaTest LungCancer provides insights into the molecular mechanisms of lung cancer through highly specific selection of CTCs, including stem cell-like cells implicated in cancer growth and epithelial-mesenchymal transition, an important marker of cancer therapy resistance. A proprietary set of antibodies provides sensitive detection of lung cancer-associated targets through reverse-transcriptase PCR, and the open system enables users to add targets of interest.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

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Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.