Getting Closer

Jeremy Grushcow at The Cross-Border Biotech Blog points to the KRAS mutation genetic test to identify patients who won't respond to Erbitux or Vectibix as "exactly how personalized medicine and comparative effectiveness can interact to benefit patients, pharma companies and payors." Grushcow says payors benefit by the elimination of unneces

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.