Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., in part because many cases aren’t diagnosed until they are advanced. Bluestar Genomics Inc. wants to change that with its epigenomics technology which can detect early pancreatic cancer from a standard blood draw by analyzing cell-free DNA in plasma. Now, the FDA has provided a bump, granting breakthrough device designation to Bluestar’s noninvasive pancreatic cancer detection test in patients with new-onset diabetes. According to the San Diego-based startup, of an estimated 60,000 patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., nearly a fourth are found to have new-onset diabetes prior to receiving their cancer diagnosis.
At the 2021 Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting, John Greally had some unusual advice with respect to confounders in epigenomic studies. Epigenomics, he told the audience in his talk on "Thinking beyond the creode: epigenomics and human disease," has real promise for understanding genomic mechanisms of disease. "But possibly not in the way we think."
Bluestar Genomics Inc. and the University of Chicago revealed the publication of a genome-wide 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) map across multiple human tissue types. In the report, published Dec. 2, 2020, in Nature Communications, the researchers detailed the development of the map by characterizing the genomic distributions of 5hmC in 19 human tissues derived from 10 organ systems.
Bluestar Genomics Inc. identified DNA-based epigenomic changes that could be used as new biomarkers that can detect pancreatic cancer before the malignancy, one of the deadliest of all cancers, becomes untreatable. The study was published in Nature Communications.