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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers led by the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine has developed a methylated epigenetic biomarker panel integrating a sponge-based collection tool and a methylated-bead PCR method that it believes can detect Barrett's esophagus (BE).

The group is now working with the university to commercialize the panel as a diagnostic assay to diagnose patients with BE — especially in asymptomatic individuals — and potentially prevent esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC).

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