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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Initial unpublished data from studies employing the method, competitive allele-specific TaqMan PCR, suggest that it can detect single rare mutant alleles in up to a million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.

Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

In Science this week: genetic overlap among many psychiatric disorders, and more.

The Economist writes that an increasing number of scientific journals don't do peer review.