Clinical OMICS

MAY-JUN 2019

Healthcare magazine for research scientists, labs, pathologists, hospitals, cancer centers, physicians and biopharma companies providing news articles, expert interviews and videos about molecular diagnostics in precision medicine

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AD Liquid Biopsy and ddPCR: A Match with Quality in Mind Liquid biopsies represent one of the most innovative and cutting-edge scientific techniques to break into the clinical arena in the past decade. The testing of plasma samples for the presence of mutations in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is an exciting new development in providing non-invasive options for patients. While liquid biopsies possess massive diagnostic potential, the method is only as good as the quality of the DNA samples being tested, and there are many challenges with the introduction of this new type of sampleā€”in particular, the need for highly sensitive and precise testing methods. Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) meets both testing needs for sensitivity and precision and has emerged as a go-to method for as- sessing the quality of patient-derived DNA samples from plasma. Additionally, the application of such highly sensitive testing platforms requires validating the quality of the processes and one mechanism to measure the standard of testing is through external quality assessment (EQA). In this GEN webinar, we will hear how GenQA (Genomics Quality Assessment), a non-profit EQA provider that promotes high quality accurate genetic testing and educational services, addresses some of the challenges in providing quality assessments for ctDNA testing. A live Q&A session will follow the presentation, offering you a chance to pose questions to our expert panelists. Free Registration! Speakers Jenni Fairley, PhD Deputy Scheme Director (Molecular Pathology) GenQA Dawne Shelton, PhD R & D Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories Produced with support from Webinars View It Now! On Demand DURATION: 60 minutes COST: Complimentary

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