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JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

This year, Complete Genomics plans to introduce a "long fragment read" technology that will allow it decrease the error rate from 10-5 to 10-7, or from 30,000 to 300 errors per genome, and to sequence genomes from fewer than 50 cells' worth of DNA.

Applications for the rare-cell capture and sequencing service include the detection and monitoring of circulating tumor cells "and also, potentially, fetal diagnostics."

With a new LabChip platform and tissue imaging capabilities, Caliper has its eye on expanding in molecular diagnostics and targeting companion diagnostic deals as its personalized medicine strategy evolves.

On Wednesday, LabCorp talked about genetic counselors gained through the Genzyme Genetics acquisition, Bruker talked diagnostics, and Myriad addressed its plans for Europe and companion diagnostics.

Luminex will be going after a piece of the newborn screening market, estimated to be a $100 million-plus opportunity, with a new assay slated for an initial launch in Europe later this year.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Pacific Biosciences, and Qiagen presented investors with views on the M&A market and technology development in the sequencing and molecular diagnostics industries.

The company has spoken to a number of firms operating in the MDx space at the JP Morgan conference, both large and small, "to avail ourselves to them."

Company officials see the potential for Life Tech's sequencing and qPCR platforms in developing new molecular diagnostic tools that could potentially supplant other technologies, including arrays.

The Ion 316 Semiconductor Sequencing Chip, which replaces the Ion 314, will be available to early-access customers in the first quarter.


CBS This Morning highlights recent Medicare fraud involving offers of genetic testing.

Researchers find that many cancer drugs in development don't work quite how their developers thought they did, as Discover's D-brief blog reports.

Mariya Gabriel, a Bulgarian politician, is to be the next European Union research commissioner, according to Science.

In Science this week: a survey indicates that US adults are more likely to support the agricultural use of gene drives if they target non-native species and if they are limited, and more.