Why Is Bionano Genomics (BNGO) Stock Up 11% Today?


  • Bionano Genomics (BNGO) stock is climbing higher on Wednesday after publishing a study.
  • This covered the use of optical genome mapping (OGM) in detecting complex structural variations (SVs).
  • They are cancer variants that can cause tumor suppressors via the activation of oncogenes.
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Bionano Genomics (NASDAQ:BNGO) stock is rising higher on Wednesday following the publication of a study related to optical genome mapping (OGM).

According to the company, OGM was used to investigate a molecular subgroup of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The study revealed replication stress-induced events, which can cause genomic instability in cancer cells.

But what does that mean? Genomic instability in cancer cells can lead to the activation of oncogenes. This can, in turn, result in disruptions of tumor suppressors. Investors will also note that HCC is the most common form of liver cancer.

BNGO Stock: Why Does This Matter?

The published study compared the use of OGM in detecting the factors above against whole genome sequencing (WGS). What it found is that WGS only detected 63% of the complex structural variations (SVs) discovered with OGM.

Erik Holmlin, PhD, president and CEO of Bionano Genomics, said the following in a news release:

Cancer is often thought of as a disease of structural variation, and this study illustrates how OGM has the potential to help unravel the complex mechanisms involved in oncogenesis.

BNGO stock is up 10.9% as of Wednesday morning but is still down 29.9% since the start of the year.

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