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Proof of Concept for Personalized Medicine

Tech Review reports on a new study from the Journal of Clinical Oncology that provides a link between personalized medicine and better health outcomes. For the study, oncologist Lecia Sequist genetically screened patients' lung cancers and then administered a drug tailored for that type of tumor — and those patients did better than the average chemotherapy outcomes. In particular, the study looked at AstraZeneca's Iressa, an EGFR inhibitor. "This is a proof of concept," says Sequist. "We were trying to see if personalized medicine or genetically driven cancer therapy was feasible." AstraZeneca funded the trial.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.