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DiaCarta will have the exclusive rights to develop a test for the early detection of colon cancer from stool samples and to commercialize it globally. 

The new test promises lower cost, faster turnaround time, and easier implementation than current NIPT, which rely on next-generation sequencing or microarray analysis.

The technology compensates for genomic DNA amplified in qPCR gene expression measurements.

A study comparing DNA extracted from standardized blocks of FFPE showed variability among experienced molecular pathology labs.

PositiveID will issue $4 million in senior secured convertible promissory notes to institutional investor Dominion Capital, the firm announced today.

Melanoma test development firm DermTech is pulling its proposed initial public offering.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An international team of researchers has developed a qPCR-based assay to detect kidney transplant patients who are at high risk of acute rejection.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Integrated DNA Technologies said today it has obtained a license to manufacture and supply EliTech Group's MGB Eclipse qPCR probes for use in human in vitro diagnostic tests.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — A direct comparison of array comparative genomic hybridization and quantitative PCR methods for detecting aneuploidy in IVF embryos has found the methods to be largely concordant, though qPCR had a lower rate of discordance with well-established SNP arrays.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — A former software engineer and self-proclaimed "do-it-yourself" biologist who previously marketed an ultra-cheap thermal cycler for fellow amateur biologists has formed a new company to commercialize a similarly inexpensive quantitative PCR platform.

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The Hastings Center's Erik Parens argues in a Scientific American opinion piece that the current pandemic underscores the need to reconsider the hope placed in genomic medicine. 

The Los Angeles Times writes that Operation Warp Speed has an ambitious timeline for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia is launching its trial of preconception carrier testing Tuesday.

In PNAS this week: autosomal genes commonly affected by loss-of-function variants, variants implicated in testis development disorders, and more.