liquid biopsy

An impetus for the review included the fact that companies are advertising and promoting liquid biopsy in areas where the technology has not yet proven its clinical utility.

The decision, which the company said was made for business and financial reasons, raises questions about the viability of such tests in the face of reimbursement uncertainly.

The company will design and validate a test using its Exolution isolation kit, which can stratify and monitor patients in Intezyne's clinical trials of IT-139.

The companies also agreed to establish a working group to explore the development of standard formulas and definitions for the validation of genomic profiling assays.

The firm's Guardant360 assay will be used first to test patients for ERBB2 mutations, then guide patients to a variety of treatment arms.

The company fell short of Wall Street expectations on the top and bottom lines and said it plans on making some significant changes for 2018, including shutting down its liquid biopsy testing. 

A study reported this week that measuring changes in the numbers of specific circulating tumor DNA mutations can rapidly identify breast cancer patients who will have better outcomes.

The company can now offer to Florida residents its products, which include the fecal immunochemical tests, Insure FIT and Insure One, and the ctDNA test Colvera.  

The Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer Consortium released its first public data last month, revealing some of its work with the US Food and Drug Administration.

The funding will help the Canadian cancer genomics firm expand distribution of its tumor tissue hotspot test, and development of its newer liquid biopsy assay.


An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.