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Precision medicine brings sequencing to the clinical lab
October 25, 2019 -- Precision medicine and other applications are driving demand for next-generation sample preparation techniques in a market worth $1.8 billion in revenue in 2018, with double-digit growth expected over the next five years, according to a new report from business intelligence firm Strategic Directions International (SDi). Read More
Hardy Diagnostics launches 15-minute resistance test
October 25, 2019 -- Hardy Diagnostics has launched a multiplex immunoassay for detecting the five most common carbapenemase enzymes produced by Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa from bacterial cultures through a distribution deal with the assay's manufacturer, NG Biotech. Read More
RNA testing clarifies the unknown in Ambry cancer study
October 25, 2019 -- RNA analysis helped clarify the significance of genetic variants associated with hereditary cancers that were inconclusive based on DNA testing alone in a retrospective study from Ambry Genetics published online October 23 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
Rapid, investigational blood test makes the grade in TB
October 24, 2019 -- A blood test for four proteins triages patients with suspected tuberculosis (TB) and could be performed much more quickly than traditional sputum testing in low-resource settings, researchers reported online October 23 in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Read More
Myriad's myChoice PARP companion test clears FDA
October 24, 2019 -- Myriad Genetics' myChoice CDx has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) premarket approval as a companion diagnostic to guide the use of GlaxoSmithKline's poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor niraparib (Zejula) in a new indication for heavily pretreated ovarian cancer. Read More
LabCorp joins forces with Ind. nonprofit
October 24, 2019 -- LabCorp has acquired the diagnostic clinical laboratory assets of the Indiana-based nonprofit South Bend Medical Foundation (SBMF) and will be providing advanced pathology services to SBMF customers in the region as part of a new collaboration. Read More
Big data can improve familial hypercholesterolemia screening
October 23, 2019 -- A machine-learning algorithm may be useful for scanning electronic health records to spot people with undiagnosed familial hypercholesterolemia based on a mix of lab reports and other data, according to a study supported by big pharma and published in Lancet Digital Health on October 21. Read More
BioGX's expanded flu/RSV test gets CE-IVD Mark
October 23, 2019 -- BioGX announced that its new automated polymerase chain reaction test for influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has received the CE-IVD Mark. Read More
Veracyte nasal swab test holds its own in lung cancer detection
October 22, 2019 -- Veracyte said the accuracy of its investigational nasal swab genomic classifying test rivals the clinical standard for lung nodule assessment and has potential to spare unnecessary follow-up in suspected cancer cases, based on preliminary data presented on October 22 at the Chest annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in New Orleans. Read More
Cheap vaginal-fluid testing signals risk for premature birth
October 22, 2019 -- Low-cost testing of vaginal fluid could flag risk factors for preterm birth and could be useful at the point of care in resource-poor settings to reduce life-threatening complications, according to a study of pregnant women in Brazil published on October 22 in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Read More
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