CastPCR | GenomeWeb

CastPCR

The results, if confirmed further, could help pick out unresponsive patients early, opening up other therapeutic options for them.

Cynvenio Biosystems said this week that it expects to gain CLIA certification in the next few weeks for its circulating tumor cell technology.

By Ben Butkus
Life Technologies this week announced the expansion of its TaqMan Mutation Detection Assays based on competitive allele-specific TaqMan, or Cast, PCR technology.

The mutation detection assays for KRAS, BRAF, and EGFR genes are based on competitive allele-specific TaqMan PCR. The company claims the assays are sensitive enough to detect single mutant molecules in a background of 1 million normal copies.

Initial unpublished data from studies employing the method, competitive allele-specific TaqMan PCR, suggest that it can detect single rare mutant alleles in up to a million wild-type sequences with a high degree of specificity.

A Karmagenes researcher has lost his position after reportedly admitting to data fabrication, according to Retraction Watch.

Two neuroscientists write in Nature News that solving the "reproducibility crisis" in science may require changing the requirements for publication.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of prehistoric New Mexicans, a nanopore method for mapping DNA methylation, and more.

A new study finds that adding missing good bacteria to the skin microbiome of atopic dermatitis patients decreases Staphylococcus aureus colonization.