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The company will supply the Chinese laboratory with its ClearCell FX1 system and help train and assist its new partner in developing cancer tests.

Results support the ability of the test to not only identify hormonal therapy non-responders, but to predict their improved survival on chemotherapy.

The financing will support business expansion, continued technology development, and expenses related to a planned listing at the end of the year.

Proceeds will be used to support studies for regulatory submissions to the FDA for the company's metastatic breast cancer test, among other things.

A new trial has compared the two most prominent tests, showing that both have clear predictive ability, but leaving several other questions unanswered so far.

The method uses hydrogel encapsulation, which mimics a tissue sample, in order to allow circulating tumor cell isolation and extraction through laser dissection.

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 firm has developed microbubbles that bind to target molecules based on surface antibodies.

The companies said they plan to develop a number of tests, beginning with a CTC-based PD-L1 assay that measures both RNA and protein expression.

The single approach could be useful in some of the same areas where combinations of technologies have been implemented, such as AR-V7 testing in prostate cancer.

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A man has confessed to the rape and murder of developmental biologist Suzanne Eaton, according to the New York Times.

The Irish Times reports that US lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are concerned about ties between the US and Chinese genomics firms.

Parents of children with spinal muscular atrophy tell the Washington Post they are pushing to get insurance coverage of Novartis's Zolgensma.

In PNAS this week: gene mutations in individuals with syndromic craniosynostosis, putative colorectal cancer drivers, and more.