The approach, called cfMeDIP-seq, could distinguish early-stage pancreatic cancer from healthy controls and differentiate several types of cancer.
Natera plans to launch its clinical oncology and transplantation tests next year and is hopeful that guidelines endorsing NIPT for average-risk pregnancies are imminent.
The molecular diagnostics firm grew year-over-year testing volumes by 28 percent to 167,172.
The firm plans to conduct a prospective trial of a pan cancer assay and aims to bring another assay focused on colorectal cancer through FDA clearance.
DiaCarta scientists will partner with the University of Florida Health Cancer Center to analyze blood samples from up to 500 cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.
The company is developing a blood-based liquid biopsy test based on the method to monitor 5-hydroxymethylcytosine levels in cell-free tumor DNA.
The Stanford spinout has launched an infectious disease test that sequences cell-free pathogen DNA to diagnose sepsis in immunocompromised patients.
The group plans to use the assay for translational studies on metastasis and drug resistance initially and to develop a clinical version later on.
The pharma company plans to use the Signatera assay to determine whether it can identify patients who will respond to immunotherapy.
Of the six kits, the team found that Qiagen and Norgen's spin column tools recovered the highest amount of DNA across a range of base pair lengths.
Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.
DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.
As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.
In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.