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With the new five-year funding, patients across Australia with rare or less common cancers will be able to access the program through a network of eight cancer centers.

Collaborators said that the test is accurate and reliable for the rapid detection of the most common gram-positive bacteria responsible for bloodstream infections.

On the heels of the WINTHER study, the consortium has planned a new trial called MERCURY, and will launch a blood and tissue repository.

The company is planning to submit the drug and a companion diagnostic that can identify patients with FGFR alterations with the FDA in the second half of 2018.

At ASCO, researchers presented on the WINTHER trial, which despite setbacks showed that both DNA and RNA analysis can be used to guide personalized treatment strategies.

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.

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Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.