NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cergentis, a Dutch technology company, is developing a new protocol for its target locus amplification (TLA) technology that for the first time will allow users to work with solid tumor biopsies.

The European Commission recently awarded Cergentis a €1.2 million grant (about $1.4 million) to support the development of its TLA technology for use in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples. The company aims to have the new kits on the market by 2020, according to CEO Max van Min.

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The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

DARPA is working on developing algorithms that gauge the credibility of research findings, Wired reports.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends all women diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, the Washington Post says.

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