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The company said that it is working on cfDNA claim extensions for various PCR and NGS assays in its portfolio, which would be compatible with the new extraction system.

Labs reported on their work with kits from both Roche and Thermo Fisher, both of which have launched new commercial liquid biopsy products in recent years.

The company presented new data from its validation of the PCR-based approach at a conference, citing plans to advance the kit for monitoring and early detection applications.

Participants shared data from head-to-head assay comparisons, reflected on the advancement of NGS and digital PCR methods, and discussed new standardization projects.

The researchers plan to evaluate cfDNA and single cells isolated from the urine of patients who have had kidney transplants to identify signs of graft failure.

BUPA Global and other private health insurers have approved reimbursement for OncoDNA's test, which is intended to provide a complete genetic profile of a patient's tumor. 

Johns Hopkins researchers added protein analysis to circulating tumor DNA testing to better detect early-stage pancreatic cancer.

The additional investment was led by Section 32, and also included 23andMe cofounder Anne Wojcicki and other private and strategic investors.

The final LCD covers AlloSure in renal allograft recipients who have a probability of active renal allograft rejection.

Investigators plan to use the method in future longitudinal monitoring studies based on the sensitivity and ease demonstrated in their early experiments.

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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.