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Thermo Fisher Scientific Oncomine TCR Beta-SR Assay

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Oncomine TCR Beta-SR Assay, a sequencing assay to characterize T-cell clonality in the tumor microenvironment. The test will interrogate the CDR3 region of the beta chain of the T-cell receptor, a region that is responsible for antigen recognition and helps to identify T-cell clones. The assay uses dual barcode indexing, which allows identification of low-frequency clones for potential tracking of minimal residual disease. It is optimized for formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, peripheral blood leukocytes, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, or cell-free DNA, and can work with either DNA or RNA as input.

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Rare Genetic Disease Partnership

A public-private partnership plans to speed the development of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases, Stat News writes.

Approval Sought for Alzheimer's Drug

The Wall Street Journal reports Eli Lilly has initiated a rolling submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to seek approval for its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease.

DNA Barcoding Paper Retracted

Science reports that a 2014 DNA barcoding paper was retracted after a co-author brought up data validity concerns.

Nature Papers Present Genomic Analysis of Bronze Age Mummies, Approach to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions

In Nature this week: analysis finds Tarim mummies had local genetic origin, and more.