This article has been updated from a previous version to retract information originally provided by Abbott in a statement.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Abbott today announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with the Institut Curie for a biomarker for bladder cancer.

Genetic mutations in FGFR3 can be used for early detection, disease monitoring, and predicting patient outcomes in both urine and tissue-based testing. FGFR3 gene mutations are seen in about 70 percent of low-grade and 15 to 20 percent of high-grade bladder cancer cases.

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