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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A study in Science Translational Medicine has started cataloguing the characteristics, constraints, and potential clinical applications of circulating tumor DNA.

When Japan's Sysmex disclosed two weeks ago that it had acquired molecular diagnostics services firm Inostics and flow cytometry specialist Partec, it noted that the purchases were designed to aid its foray into personalized medicine and companion diagnostics.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Sysmex Inostics said today that it has inked a collaboration agreement with Bayer Healthcare to develop blood-based companion diagnostics for targeted anti-cancer therapies being developed by Bayer.

Japanese in vitro diagnostics firm Sysmex said this week that it has acquired a pair of German companies — molecular diagnostics services firm Inostics and flow cytometry specialist Partec — in a bid to bolster its personalized medicine and companion diagnostics development business.

A group of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a method using either BEAMing RT-PCR or digital droplet-based PCR to detect mutations associated with glioblastoma brain tumors in RNA extracted from extracellular vesicles released from these tumors into pa

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Molecular diagnostics firm Inostics announced today that its clinical laboratory in Baltimore, Md., has received CLIA licensure, allowing it to offer its non-invasive OncoBeam tumor mutation test.

Becton Dickinson said this week that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market the BD Max Cdiff assay.

Two studies published earlier this month in Nature have demonstrated how Inostics' BEAMing digital PCR/flow cytometry technology can be used to detect drug resistance mediated by KRAS mutations in colorectal cancer patients months before treatment failure is observed.

By Ben Butkus
German molecular diagnostic services company Inostics is currently beta-testing its first assay kits featuring its BEAMing digital PCR technology, company officials said recently.

Startups QuantaLife and Inostics join more established outfits RainDance Technologies and Life Technologies in exploring the digital PCR market, but all players will need to negotiate what is sure to be a complex intellectual property landscape.

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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.

In Science this week: comparison of modern, historical rabbit exomes uncovers parallel evolution after myxoma virus exposure; and more.