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The company's test boasted strong sensitivity and specificity for a range of different alterations in clinical and contrived samples, particularly for low-allele frequencies.

The lab, which serves hospitals in India and surrounding countries, will use Precipio's ICE COLD-PCR technology to offer blood-based mutation tests.

Partnering with researchers at McGill University, the Johns Hopkins team that developed the method has now demonstrated its power in a much larger group of patients.

An impetus for the review included the fact that companies are advertising and promoting liquid biopsy in areas where the technology has not yet proven its clinical utility.

The decision, which the company said was made for business and financial reasons, raises questions about the viability of such tests in the face of reimbursement uncertainly.

The firm's Guardant360 assay will be used first to test patients for ERBB2 mutations, then guide patients to a variety of treatment arms.

A study reported this week that measuring changes in the numbers of specific circulating tumor DNA mutations can rapidly identify breast cancer patients who will have better outcomes.

The company can now offer to Florida residents the blood-based colorectal cancer monitoring test Colvera.  

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

The company has also developed two liquid biopsy cancer test, Liquid GPS Core for DNA and Liquid GPS Expression for RNA.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.