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GeneNews selected to present late-breaking abstract at AACR Annual Meeting

-Abstract describes six-gene biomarker panel for assessment of current risk

for colorectal cancer-

TORONTO, March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - GeneNews Limited (TSX: GEN), a company focused on developing molecular diagnostic tests derived from a simple blood sample for the early detection of diseases and personalized health management, today announced that its abstract describing the performance of the Company's six-gene biomarker panel for the assessment of a person's current risk for colorectal cancer from a blood sample, has been selected for presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting held from April 12-16, 2008 in San Diego, California. The abstract is entitled "Stratification of colorectal cancer probability using six genes from whole blood."

"This six gene biomarker set will form the basis of a laboratory developed test (LDT) version of ColonSentry(TM), which we expect to launch in the third quarter of 2008 through our in-house clinical reference lab located in the Toronto-area," said K. Wayne Marshall, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of GeneNews. "We are pleased that AACR has chosen to accept our abstract given the limited number of late-breaking submissions that are accepted and believe that this acceptance also represents further peer-reviewed validation of our proprietary Sentinel Principle technology."

The following GeneNews abstract will be presented:

Abstract Number LB-214:

"Stratification of colorectal cancer probability using six genes from whole blood." Clinical Research 2, Poster Section 19, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 8:00 AM

About GeneNews


GeneNews is focused on the application of functional genomics to enable early diagnosis and personalized therapeutic intervention based on disease-specific biomarkers. The Company has developed a novel approach, the Sentinel Principle(TM), to detect and stage virtually any disease or medical condition from a simple blood sample. GeneNews is currently applying the Sentinel Principle in major areas with unmet clinical needs such as cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders. GeneNews' first product in development, ColonSentry, is a convenient and patient-friendly blood-based biomarker test that can identify the current risk of colorectal cancer. For more information on GeneNews, visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current expectations regarding future events. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events could differ materially from those projected herein. Investors should consult the Company's ongoing quarterly filings and annual reports for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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