epigenetics Banner Year for Blood-Based Cancer Screening in 2021, but Reimbursement and Utility Hurdles Loom Premium New companies claimed stakes during the year, established firms solidified their plans and data, and Grail launched the first genomic multi-cancer early detection test. Nucleic Acid Analysis Startup Depixus Raises €30.6M in Series A Financing Lansdowne Partners and France's PSIM Fund led the financing round and were joined by Casdin Capital and existing investors, including Arix Bioscience. Epigenetic Editing Firm Chroma Medicine Launches With $125M in Seed, Series A Financing The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup plans to further develop its epigenetic editing platform and advance its pipeline of targeted therapeutics. Thyroid Size, Function in Children Linked to Nutrition-Related DNA Methylation Mark A trial in Gambia suggests PAX8 gene methylation in 2-year-olds corresponds to thyroid volume, hormone production, and physical features later in childhood. Genomic Answers for Kids Team Releases Thousands of Genomes to Gain Insights Into Rare Diseases Premium The Children's Mercy Research Institute is using exome sequencing, genome sequencing, and other methods to diagnose and study rare pediatric conditions in underserved patients. Sep 8, 2021 Recuro Health Acquires 'Health Intelligence' Firm MyLifeIQ Sep 1, 2021 Burning Rock Details Plans for Cancer Monitoring Assay, Adds New Data Supporting Early Detection Premium Aug 31, 2021 Oxford BioDynamics Awarded Grant to Apply EpiSwitch to ICI Cancer Therapy Response Aug 27, 2021 Delfi Diagnostics Tags Lung Cancer as First Target for Fragmentation-Based Liquid Biopsy Tech Premium Jun 25, 2021 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Leads to Immune Cell Epigenomic Changes May 26, 2021 New Algorithms Enable Direct Nanopore-Based Detection of Additional RNA Modifications Premium Apr 28, 2021 CRISPRoff Reversible Epigenome Editing Method Could Enable Safer, More Precise Therapeutics Premium Apr 16, 2021 OncoDiag Taking Aim at Broader Adoption of Molecular Multiplex Test for Bladder Cancer Recurrence Premium Apr 15, 2021 Grail Cancer Early Detection Test Performance Holds Steady as Q2 Launch Approaches Premium Mar 31, 2021 Delfi Diagnostics Starts Prospective Lung Cancer Screening Trial Mar 24, 2021 DARPA Programs Leveraging Host-Response Testing, CRISPR for Future Pandemic Preparedness Premium Feb 3, 2021 Human Epigenome Map Reveals New Insights Into Genetic Loci for Traits, Diseases Jan 12, 2021 Delfi Diagnostics Details Plans to Advance Fragmentomic Method for Early Cancer Detection Premium Jan 12, 2021 Delfi Diagnostics Nets $100M in Series A Financing, Plans Multi-Cancer Screening Test Jan 11, 2021 Multi-Cancer Molecular Screening Assays Primed for Clinical Implementation in 2021 Premium Jan 5, 2021 VolitionRx, 4D Lifetec Partner to Combine Early Cancer Detection Assays Dec 2, 2020 Epigenome Study Maps Hydroxymethylation Across Diverse Human Tissue Types Nov 2, 2020 Bluestar Genomics Eyes Pan-Cancer Early Detection With Epigenetic Assay Technology Premium Oct 30, 2020 Qiagen, Phase Genomics Ink US Licensing Agreement for Hi-C Sequencing Technology Oct 14, 2020 Epigenomic Study of Brain Development Uncovers Cell Type-Specific Regulatory Programs Load More Breaking News New Approach Identifies Candidate Causal Variants for Neuropsychiatric, Neurodevelopmental Conditions People in the News: Baylor's Thomas Caskey Dies; New Appointments at UK Biobank, CS Genetics, More In Brief This Week: Pathogenomix, Uniogen, Genetic Technologies, DnaNudge, Gravity Diagnostics, More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Biodesix, Curio Genomics, Akoya Biosciences, More NIH Earmarks $170M for All of Us Program's Personalized Nutrition Study Taiwanese Firm's IP Asserted in Suit Against Pacific Biosciences Found Partially Unpatentable The Scan Omicron's Sewage Path The New York Times writes that testing sewage is helping public health officials track Omicron. IBM Sells Part of Watson Health The Wall Street Journal reports IBM is selling part of its Watson Health business to an investment firm. Identifying the Right Whales The Boston Globe writes that genetic testing has helped identify North American right whales and find that weaning can take place earlier than thought. Science Papers on Approach to Quickly Sort Single Cells, Alternative Splicing in Cancer In Science this week: high-speed sorting of single cells using fluorescence imaging, and more.