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The life science segment saw strong sales in Droplet Digital PCR offset by sales the firm's process media product line.

Bio-Rad also disclosed during an earnings call that it acquired an undisclosed company that will expand its genomic reagents product portfolio.

Researchers at RMIT University have described collecting bronchial brushings as part of a molecular approach that may enable diagnosing lung cancer patients and guiding therapies.

The company's full-year revenues rose 6 percent and were slightly higher than the consensus Wall Street estimate.

The firm plans to add more oncology tests, NIPTs and newborn screening assays through in-house development and partnerships with third-party assay makers.

The test is for monitoring treatment response in chronic myeloid leukemia and uses a new Droplet Digital PCR instrument.

Roche said at the AMP annual meeting that it plans to commercialize the system in Europe with CE IVD marking for clinical applications and in the US with a 510(k) exemption.

The approach could allow doctors to more accurately and more easily identify which patients are free from cancer after radiation treatment.

Investigators developed a droplet digital PCR assay targeting driver mutations and found that changes in circulating DNA were correlated with response to radiation.

The company is collecting validation evidence it intends to submit to the FDA next year, which will also support launch of  the test as an LDT.

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MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

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