GE-Genometrix: Dx Imaging Meets Genomics
In an intriguing deal, GE Medical Systems, one of the largest suppliers of MRI and PET equipment, is teaming up with Genometrix, Inc., an applied genomics company in a research collaboration that will combine molecular imaging techniques with genetic probes to develop technologies for detecting and quantifying risk levels for diseases such as breast and prostate cancer.
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