Rosetta Genomics Announces Commercial Availability of its Third MicroRNA-Based Diagnostic Test
Product News Dec 30, 2008
Rosetta Genomics, Ltd. has announced the introduction of its third diagnostic test, miRview™ meso. The test is now commercially available through Rosetta Genomics CLIA-certified lab in Philadelphia.
"I am very excited to finally see a molecularly-based test that can objectively differentiate mesothelioma from several types of carcinomas in the lung with such high level of accuracy" noted Harvey Pass, MD, Division Chief for Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at the New York University Langone Medical Center.
Pass continued, "Ruling out Mesothelioma from lung cancer for individuals that were exposed to asbestos can be difficult and challenging. I am sure that this test will become an important tool for both oncologists and pathologists in obtaining the right diagnosis in these patients."
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is directly linked to exposure to asbestos particles, as well as to various heavy metals. Rescue workers, shipyard workers, and miners are at increased risk of developing mesothelioma.
Currently, there is no single diagnostic test that is entirely conclusive for this differentiation. In addition, pathological diagnosis may suffer from significant inter-observer variability, and in the absence of a single specific and reliable test, mesothelioma can be difficult to identify from other cancers.
miRview™ meso differentiates mesothelioma, a cancer connected to asbestos exposure, from other carcinomas in the lung. Currently, there is no single diagnostic test that is entirely conclusive for this differentiation. Each year, approximately 130,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung. miRview™ meso is available for $3170.