Monica Heger tracks trends in next-generation sequencing for research and clinical applications for GenomeWeb.
The test will run on Oxford Nanopore's MinIon and will be used as a reflex test when the standard PCR test does not give a clear answer.
In a retrospective analysis, UK researchers found that long-read sequencing of HLA genes in stem cell transplantation donors and recipients led to better outcomes.
The hospital is in the process of clinically validating a sequencing pipeline for its pediatric cancer patients, with the goal of demonstrating clinical utility.
Experts discussed the benefits and challenges of implementing precision medicine protocols for oncology patients at this week's Tri-Conference meeting
The company will launch a clinical version of its liquid biopsy assay in the second quarter and plans to launch clinical trials that make the case for reimbursement.
The company received Chinese regulatory approval for a lung cancer assay last year and plans to seek approval for a liquid biopsy test this year.
While the study showed initial promise, further work will be necessary to clarify its performance for various clinical indications.
The team plans to launch an RNA-seq diagnostic test out of the SickKids clinical laboratory in one year to complement clinical exome sequencing.
The company said RNA-seq will enable it to detect therapeutically relevant gene fusions better than DNA sequencing tests.
Illumina continues to forge partnerships with diagnostic developers overseas as it eyes approximately 50 population sequencing projects around the world.