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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Bay Area startup Toma Biosciences emerged from stealth mode this month with a new cancer assay designed to provide physicians with information to help them personalize and optimize treatments for cancer patients.

Bio-Rad Laboratories this week announced an expansion of its PrimePCR probe assays for Droplet Digital PCR, adding 56 assays for mutation detection and 109 assays for copy number variation analysis to the company's existing catalog for the QX100 and QX200 Droplet Digital PCR systems.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Researchers have linked low copy-number levels of the salivary amylase gene to obesity risk, a finding they reported in Nature Genetics yesterday.

Researchers from several European institutions have used a clinical trial of children with stage IV neuroblastoma to test prospectively whether varying levels of several mRNA markers could stratify patients according to their outcomes.

This story has been updated from a previous version to correct information about the QuantStudio 3D consumables and to add pricing information.

A research team from Jena University Hospital at the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany has developed a method it calls digital direct RT-PCR (DD-RT-PCR) to quantify circulating tumor cells in cervical cancer by detecting HPV-oncogene transcripts.

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

Arizona State University researchers recently published the details of an emulsion-based droplet qPCR platform believed to be the first ever to enable real-time analysis on a continuous-flow system.

Using a microfluidic device called SlipChip, a cell phone camera, and cloud computing, a California Institute of Technology team has shown the superiority of digital over real-time isothermal PCR under perturbed experimental conditions.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – RainDance Technologies and Bioke today announced a distribution deal covering parts of Europe.

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In PLOS this week: transcriptomic and genomic analysis of prostate cancer by ancestry, genes linked to liver function in Korean cohort, and more.

British Columbia is incorporating genomics into its tracking of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Business in Vancouver reports.

An analysis by the Personalized Medicine Coalition finds that about a quarter of new drugs approved in 2019 by the US Food and Drug Administration were personalized medicines.

The governor of New York has proposed a five-year plan to study the genomes of people with or who are at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.