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DxS Signs US Companion Dx Deal with Amgen for K-RAS Test

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Pharmagogenomics firm DxS said today that it has signed an agreement with Amgen to market its K-RAS assay as a companion diagnostic for Amgen’s Vectibix (panitumumab) colorectal cancer therapy in the US.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, DxS’ TheraScreen K-RAS Mutation Kit will become a companion diagnostic for use with Vectibix if approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, DxS said. 
 
The agreement follows a collaboration that the companies signed last year for the use of the DxS K-RAS kit in Europe.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.