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With several SBIR grants from the NIH, the firm is also using its Liquid Scan platform to identify neonatal trophoblast cells in maternal blood samples.

The company plans to focus on increasing its NIPT reimbursement as well as on pharmaceutical deals for its oncology test and launching a kidney transplantation test.

The firm's new RT-PCR assay identifies 20 gene fusion between NTRK1/2/3 and other genes, allowing clinicians to potentially detect rare forms of different cancers.

The team will combine CellMax's circulating tumor cell platform and Medigen's liquid biopsy panel to track treatment response in colorectal cancer patients.

At the Business in Personalized Medicine Summit last week, the company also said it has generated promising data from a pilot study for early detection of lung cancer.

Following promising data from its Circulating Cell-free Genome Atlas study, the firm decided to pivot its breast cancer trial to support its multi-cancer test.

Led by investigators at the University of Trento in Italy, the team received a five-year, £5 million ($6.4 million) award recently to advance its work.

With a DNA methylation atlas and deconvolution algorithm, researchers are attempting to trace cfDNA back to tissue sources in healthy or ill individuals.

The company and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island are currently evaluating the technology to determine the performance of the test.

The approach, called cfMeDIP-seq, could distinguish early-stage pancreatic cancer from healthy controls and differentiate several types of cancer.

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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.