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A more accurate, integrated risk model for pancreatic cancer included not only clinical risk factors, but also blood markers and pancreatic cancer loci from genome-wide association studies.

A large genome-wide association study that included more than 400,000 UK Biobank participants led to 69 new or known loci associated with 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.

A Chinese study involving NIPS data from almost two million pregnant women found that a new bioinformatic approach improves the detection of cancer.

The company said it expects revenues from its ePlex analyzers to go up approximately 110 percent year over year for Q4.

At least some variants associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia appeared to contribute to PSA levels in the blood, independent of prostate cancer.

The ID Core XT is the second molecular assay approved by the FDA for use in transfusion medicine and the first to report genotypes as final results.

The test can be used on donated blood samples as well as other human cells and tissues.

A combined assay to screen blood donations for HIV and hepatitis viruses and a test for West Nile virus are now cleared to run on the Procleix Panther system. 

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A CBS News station in California reports on newborn heel-prick blood spot testing and later use of those samples.

Despite the astronomical costs, it may prove challenging to reverse course and discontinue Zika testing according to a commentary article accompanying a NEJM study.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.