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Initial unpublished data from studies employing the method, competitive allele-specific TaqMan PCR, suggest that it can detect single rare mutant alleles in up to a million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

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.

Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.