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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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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.