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New Products: Response Genetics' NSCLC Profile; VelaDx's Melanoma Panel; More


Response Genetics has launched its Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Profile test that combines a FISH- and RNA expression-based test for EGFR, ALK, and ROS1, with next-generation sequencing of a broader gene panel. Initially, the FISH and expression tests are offered for EGFR, ALK, and ROS1 — genes recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. That test is performed within five to seven business days and if negative, the next-gen sequencing panel is run.

Vela Diagnostics has launched Sentosa SQ Melanoma Panel, a next-generation sequencing-based test that screens for 127 hotspot mutations. The panel is CE-IVD marked and runs on a customized Thermo Fisher Ion Torrent PGM system as part of VelaDx's CE-IVD NGS workflow. The company also plans to launch panels for colorectal cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, as well as an HCV genotyping panel.

Sophia Genetics has received CE-IVD marking for next-generation sequencing-based tests for Familial Mediterranean Fever and Hypercholesterolemia. The company also recently received CE-IVD marking for its bioinformatics pipeline.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.