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Enlisting a computer to battle cancers, one by one
By New York Times | March 28, 2014
When Robert B. Darnell was a graduate student in the early 1980s, he spent a year sequencing a tiny fragment of DNA. Now Dr. Darnell is an oncologist and the president of the New York Genome Center, where the DNA-sequencing machines can decode his grad-school fragment in less than a ten-thousandth...
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Court denies Myriad motion to stop Ambry from selling cancer tests
By Rachel Landen | March 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Myriad Genetics has lost a round in its fight to stop Ambry Genetics Corp. from selling testing services that Myriad says infringe on patents for its own gene-based cancer tests. A U.S. District Court has denied a Myriad motion to stop Ambry from selling the services while the matter awaits trial,...
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Technical challenges remain in genome sequencing
By Jaimy Lee | March 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Even as clinical understanding of whole genome sequencing is improving and the costs of sequencing continue to drop, technical challenges remain, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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23andMe admits FDA order 'significantly slowed up' new customers
By The Guardian (London) | March 11, 2014
Genetics will be a cheap and critical part of daily life, 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki has told the SXSW festival, claiming that genetics should be used for preventive medicine to bring down the cost of healthcare.
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The dawning of the age of genomic medicine, finally
By Reuters | March 07, 2014
Recently, a combination of lower-cost sequencing technology and a growing list of wins in narrow corners of medicine are starting to show that genomic medicine is on the verge of delivering on at least some of the early claims that it would revolutionize the treatment of human disease.
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Myriad reaches agreement with Gene by Gene on BRCA patent
By Jaimy Lee | February 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Myriad Genetics reached an agreement with Gene by Gene that will keep the smaller provider of laboratory tests from selling stand-alone BRCA testing in the U.S. for at least two years.
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Quest reports 3% drop in revenue in 2013
By Jaimy Lee | January 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Quest Diagnostics' revenue fell about 3% in 2013 as the company continues to deal with lower utilization and declining reimbursement of laboratory and diagnostic services.
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California to fund research in stem-cell genomics
By Associated Press | January 26, 2014
The state of California is preparing to invest up to $40 million in a new scientific field that backers say could revolutionize medicine and lead to personalized medical treatments.
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Quest, UCSF partner on developing diagnostic tests
By Jaimy Lee | January 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Quest Diagnostics and the University of California at San Francisco will work together to develop new diagnostic tests, a collaboration that pairs an academic research organization with the world's largest diagnostic services provider.
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DNA sequencer raises doctors' hopes for personalized medicine
By Los Angeles Times | January 06, 2014
Among the many medical devices that have recently come before the Food and Drug Administration for clearance, none has excited the widespread hopes of physicians and researchers like a machine called the Illumina MiSeqDx. This compact DNA sequencer has the potential to change the way doctors care...
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