sequencing-based diagnostics

The firm reported selling more billable tests in Q1 than any previous quarter and said that it is starting to see momentum in new initiatives, such as carrier screening.

Victorian Clinical Genetics Services is one of two partners in Acute Care Genomics, which is testing DNA from critically ill infants and kids across Australia.

Avalon said that it will collaborate with genomic sequencing and PCR firm Da An Gene to accelerate exosome diagnostic product development and commercialization. 

Early research has shown the open-source ExpansionHunter software to be highly accurate in identifying repeat expansions that indicate rare diseases.

The companies will share bioinformatics and NGS expertise to speed the identification of diseases, accelerate drug discovery, and find "genomic shields."

The firm said that prior to obtaining US regulatory clearance, it's making the assay available for use as a lab-developed test by US laboratories with CLIA approvals. 

In a cohort of some 300 people with intellectual disability, a genomic approach offered a likely diagnosis some 60 percent of the time.

Molecular Autopsy Consortium of Houston members outlined their recommendations for using molecular autopsy to investigate unexplained deaths in young people. 

Six percent of patients diagnosed by exome sequencing received more than one molecular diagnosis, which can be important for their clinical management.

The life sciences company can now offer its genetic tests in all 50 states in the US, as well as Canada and several other countries. 

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.