NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mitochondrial DNA diagnostics firm MDNA Life Sciences announced the launch of its first noninvasive blood-based cancer test this week, with Phi Life Sciences as the assay's first US distributor.

Though the company got its start developing assays for analysis of tissue samples, researchers have more recently found that the firm's mitochondrial DNA-based approach is similarly sensitive when applied to blood samples. Based on this, the company has now shifted its focus to the liquid biopsy space.

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