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New Products: Ambry's Cancer Panels

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Ambry Genetics has launched four targeted sequencing-based cancer panels: CancerNext, BreastNext, ColoNext, and OvaNext.

The CancerNext panel targets and sequences 23 genes that contribute to increased risk for breast, colon, ovarian, uterine, and other cancers. It excludes the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The test sequences the coding regions of all 23 genes, plus at least 20 bases into the 5' and 3' ends of the introns. Gross deletions and duplications are analyzed for 19 of the genes.

BreastNext, ColoNext, and OvaNext analyze 14, 15, and 20 genes that are specific to breast, colon, and ovarian cancer risk, respectively. Turnaround time is between 70 and 84 days.

The Scan

Removal Inquiry

The Wall Street Journal reports that US lawmakers are seeking additional information about the request to remove SARS-CoV-2 sequence data from a database run by the National Institutes of Health.

Likely to End in Spring

Free lateral flow testing for SARS-CoV-2 may end in the UK by next spring, the head of Innova Medical Group says, according to the Financial Times.

Searching for More Codes

NPR reports that the US Department of Justice has accused an insurance and a data mining company of fraud.

Genome Biology Papers on GWAS Fine-Mapping Method, COVID-19 Susceptibility, Rheumatoid Arthritis

In Genome Biology this week: integrative fine-mapping approach, analysis of locus linked to COVID-19 susceptibility and severity, and more.