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Go Small or Go Big?

The Wall Street Journal reports that some researchers are pinning their hopes to small, targeted clinical trials, while others argue large trials are still needed.

The projects, organized by Friends of Cancer Research in the US and the Quality Assurance Initiative Pathology (QuIP) in Germany, are comparing different TMB assays.

Rna Diagnostics is hoping to make its RDA assay available as a laboratory-developed test for research use next year before offering it to clinicians in 2020.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

And, Go

The Telegraph reports that UK regulators gave CRISPR Therapeutics the go-ahead for its beta thalassemia clinical trial.

The researchers plan to use ArcherDX's technology to evaluate minimal residual disease in pediatric AML patients participating in a clinical trial.

Ready to Go, But?

Technology Review writes that though CRISPR trials in people are beginning, studies in monkeys haven't provided much data.

"Repurposing starts with the human genome," a precision medicine expert said in explaining Vanderbilt's new approach to accelerating clinical trials.

Ease Up

Some cancer researchers are pushing to relax clinical trial eligibility requirements, according to Nature.

The company now partners with 10 healthcare systems to provide free NGS testing to all advanced cancer patients and plans to present patient data this summer.

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A new analysis finds that nearly half the late-stage clinical trials sponsored by a US National Cancer Institute program influence patient care.

Technology Review reports that sickle cell patients are optimistic about gene editing to treat their disease, but are worried about how available it will be.

The owner of the GEDmatch website tells CBS12 he is considering charging law enforcement a fee to use the site.

In Nature this week: babies born by caesarean section are more likely to have altered gut microbiota profiles, and more.