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With new research and commercial test launches, clincians anticipate exciting new tools but judging quality and utility has become challenging.

The firm has launched a yearly subscription program that includes quarterly blood tests to look for genetic and proteomic signs of metastasis or cancer recurrence.

The company said it accessioned 1,175 total samples during the quarter, up from 663 total samples in Q4 2015.

Ahead of a longer-term goal to develop IVD kits, the company has a plan this year to allow early-access customers to take on one aspect of testing in their own labs.

The combination test will allow clinicians to analyze breast cancer patients for germline hereditary cancer markers at the same time as they search their blood for driver mutations.

The collaboration will leverage the firms' technologies to identify patients most likely to develop pancreatic cancer and to detect the cancer in the earliest stage. 

The company is providing several of its Parsortix instruments to the CANCER-ID consortium as part of an effort to establish liquid biopsy in routine clinical practice.

Researchers combined a microfluidic technology called the CTC-iChip with digital PCR to potentially improve cancer detection in hepatocellular carcinoma patients.

Milenia will exclusively offer the test to patients through its network of 12 diagnostic centers in Mexico, and will also make future assays available.

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In PNAS this week: variation patterns in wheat lines, regulatory variation in Capsella grandiflora, and more.

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23andMe and Airbnb have partnered to offer "heritage travel," according to Venture Beat.

China may include regulations protecting genes and embryos in its update of its civil code, Nature News reports.

In Nature this week: exome sequence analysis of individuals with type 2 diabetes, genomic prediction of maize yield across environments, and more.

NPR reports on efforts to engineer bacteriophages to destroy antibiotic-resistance bacteria.