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Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion Torrent Oncomine Pan-Cancer Cell-Free and Tumor Mutation Load Assays

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched two new Oncomine assays. The Ion Torrent Oncomine Pan-Cancer Cell-Free Assay is designed for the analysis of tumor DNA and RNA for all major classes of mutations. The assay, which targets more than 50 genes across multiple tumor types, including lung, colorectal, breast, pancreatic, and thyroid cancer, requires a single vial of blood and as little as 1 nanogram of nucleic acid input material and can be completed in two days. The Ion Torrent Oncomine Mutation Load Assay sequences 409 genes using as little as 20 nanograms of DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue. It is designed to improve selection strategies for immunoherapy clinical trials.

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.