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Using blood samples from 200 cancer patients, researchers showed that it is possible to find most early cancer cases with targeted error correction sequencing.

VWR will act as the exclusive distributor for Biocept's liquid biopsy blood collection tubes everywhere in the world except China.

The researchers plan to work with the NIH's Genome Research Alliance for Transplantation consortium to compare their method with others.

Using Epstein-Barr virus DNA as a marker, investigators uncovered several individuals with early-stage nasopharyngeal cancers in a large screening effort in China.

Natera has entered the oncology space with a ctDNA assay and sees its blood banking service as a way to eventually tap into the consumer genomics space. 

Karius' new financing will support clinical trials and commercialization of its NGS-based infectious disease test, and will help scale up laboratory capacity. 

Today's agreement, which covers the UK, follows distribution deals OncoDNA signed earlier this month covering Morocco and Belarus. 

Stakeholders increasingly highlight the need for better, more standardized tools to validate and compare liquid biopsy tests, and commercial firms have responded.

The Pro-Seq technology links molecules prior to sequencing to enable detection of low-frequency variants, and could be complementary to Boreal's OnTarget technology.

Investigators using droplet digital PCR methods are following cell-free tumor DNA in the blood, looking for patterns coinciding with immunotherapy treatment outcomes.

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.