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This is Biocept's third BCBS contract and enables cancer patients to access the company's testing services in network under their Wellmark health plans.

The new European initiative promises to deliver multiple new tests and methods for improving the treatment of breast cancer and rectal cancer.

The companies will comarket Clearbridge's ClearCell CTC system and Leica's Bond Rx staining platform.

The company believes its system, launched earlier this year, can outperform other microfluidic technologies, yielding samples with fewer white blood cells that allow better genomic analyses.

About £3.7 million ($4.9 million) of proceeds from the placement would go toward the acquisition, while remaining funds will support assay development validation, and working capital.

The firm will hold the intellectual property for its cell capture and analysis technology as QMUL files patents for recent findings using the Parsortix system.

The companies will market Angle's Parsortix system for harvesting circulating tumor cells with Qiagen's liquid biopsy product portfolio.

The firm plans to use the funding to expand commercial sales efforts, advance CDx partnerships, build its regulatory infrastructure, and explore new R&D avenues.

The trial will evaluate a single CTC analysis pipeline that incorporates cell enumeration and isolation systems from Menarini-Silicon Biosystems.

The study, launched today, aims to evaluate the use of liquid biopsy and natural killer cell testing for the early detection of recurrent breast cancer.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.