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Bio-Techne will pay $250 million in cash, as well as up to an additional $325 million contingent on the achievement of certain milestones.

Researchers from Stanford University reported in a pilot study that seven RNA transcripts could predict preterm birth.

Though there are few direct hints at how the company plans to translate its findings to a clinical test, its early data has captured the attention of the cancer community.

The China FDA has approved Vela's cell-free DNA extraction kit, which can be coupled with RT-PCR or NGS workflows for further analysis.

Evidence is accumulating that analyzing cell-free DNA and/or samples from circulating tumor cells provides a good surrogate for bone marrow in these patients.

The NGS-based test improves on a previous PCR-based version and detects circulating DNA from Epstein Barr virus that is shed from cancer cells.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: improved blood-based nasopharyngeal carcinoma screening, ray-finned fish phylogeny, and more.

Blood Tubes

Investigators and commercial firms presenting at the recent AACR meeting highlighted how heterogeneous both the technology and the application of liquid biopsy remains.

Freenome will leverage proteomics firm Biognosys' technology to add protein quantification to the development of Freenome's first commercially available screening test.

The company presented three posters at AACR, two of which demonstrated insights from its circulating DNA monitoring in colorectal and bladder cancers.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.