US Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts died in August 2009, only 15 months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. To researchers who study gliomas, Kennedy's case is all too common. Most of these tumors are aggressive, but the real frustration is that only a fraction of patients will respond favorably to treatment, as many of these malignancies are also resistant to most therapies. Even if they could tell whether a patient would respond, most clinicians would not be able to suggest an alternate therapy because so few treatments exist.

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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.

Oct
17
Sponsored by
Lexogen

This webinar will present a method for RNA-seq expression analysis of FFPE-derived RNA samples that are too degraded for successful application of standard RNA-seq techniques.

Oct
25
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will detail a comprehensive strategy that a lab has put in place to evaluate  NGS oncology assays for genomic tumor profiling of plasma and tissue samples.