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Collecting DNA from thin air

In a proof-of-concept study published this spring, researchers revealed that animal DNA can be collected from air sampling. The study’s authors have dubbed this DNA “airDNA,” and it could open up a lot of possibilities for better understanding the world around us. Most of us—perhaps due to the prevalence of crime dramas—are used to the …

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NorthShore, Sema4 set up genomics program to advance personalized treatment

The Illinois-based health system is teaming up with the analytics company to launch a genomics program, which will focus on predicting the risk of illness and outcomes among patients. It will also provide free genetic testing to low-income patients in an effort to increase access to genomic care.

Meaningful Use of Genomics Requires Informatics Beyond EMRs

Assaf Halevy, Founder and CEO of 2bPrecise Electronic medical records (EMRs) are widely expected to serve as a cornerstone technology that drives the delivery of modern patient care.  But can the EMR alone support all the informatics capabilities required by an ever-evolving healthcare industry? The rapid growth of precision medicine, particularly the use of genetic …

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AMA Adds 3 Additional CPT Codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

What You Should Know: – The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the addition of three Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set is being updated by the CPT Editorial Panel to include immunization and administration codes that are unique to …

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Kleva Health Launches FDA Authorized Saliva At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit for $149

What You Should Know: – Digital health startup Kleva Health launches FDA authorized saliva at-home COVID-19 test kit and raises $1.5 million in seed funding. – Kleva Health’s At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Test Kit will be available for orders on its website, klevahealth.com, and will retail for US$149. Test results will be reported on klevahealth.com and …

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Merck KGaA Collaborates with Artios Pharma for DNA Damage Cancer Therapies

Shots: Artios to receive $30M up front & near-term milestones, ~$860M/ target as option fee along with royalties on sales of each commercialized product. Additionally, Artios has opt-in rights for joint development & commercialization of the programs Merck has the right to opt into exclusive development & commercialization of compounds on up to 8 targets …

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Microsoft Collaborates with Twist and Illumina to Advance Data Storage in DNA

Shots: Microsoft enters collaboration with Illumina, Twist, and Western Digital to establish a roadmap for the industry towards the wider use of DNA data storage. These companies are the founding members of the alliance Ten additional technology leaders join founding members to together advance industry roadmap, set the stage for widespread adoption of new long-term …

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AMA Adds New CPT Codes Multi-Virus Tests to Detect COVID-19 and Flu

What You Should Know: – AMA announces new CPT codes for multi-virus tests to detect COVID-19 and flu for immediate use.  The American Medical Association (AMA) today published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that includes new code additions and editorial revisions for reporting medical services sparked by the public health response to …

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How DNA-encoded Libraries Boost Drug Discovery

DNA-encoded libraries (DELs) have been gaining a lot of traction in hit finding and drug discovery in recent years. Regarded by some as a truly revolutionary advance in chemistry, a DEL is a mixture of millions of small molecules in which each molecule is conjugated to a DNA-oligomer that encodes its chemical structure. The mixture …

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Nebula Gives Users Ownership Of Their Personal Genomic Data with Oasis Integration

What You Should Know: – Nebula Genomics announces integration with Oasis Labs to give its customers full ownership and control of the data received from their comprehensive genome sequencing tests. – Through Oasis Labs’ unique privacy solution Parcel, Nebula’s users will be able to retain ownership and control of their personal genomic data. Data remains …

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