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The New York Times writes that clinical trials are having some problems finding cancer patients to take part.

The SPRING trial is exploring a three-drug strategy, starting with Ibrance, Inlyta, and Bavencio, and will validate a biomarker algorithm for predicting responders.


The firm said that prior to entering clinical trials, it also needs to reduce failure rates of a cassette that is part of the Verigene 2 test.

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The results from many clinical trials don't see the light of day, Vox reports.

Foundation Medicine's SmartTrials Precision Enrollment program will ID patients with HRAS mutant squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

The researchers found that Cepheid's Xpert HCV viral load assay used at the point of care performed at levels comparable to a laboratory test.

The test, developed with Pfizer, could identify renal cancer patients who would experience recurrence, but not who would benefit from adjuvant Sutent.

The company is testing the assay's potential as a tool to manage the treatment of patients with primary breast cancer.

The US National Institute of Mental Health has funded fewer clinical trials since it began to emphasize studies of the biological basis of disease, Nature News reports.

Bit Suspect

A new analysis has uncovered clinical trial papers that have reported suspicious data, the Guardian reports.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more people get sick and die from drug-resistant germs than previously thought, the Washington Post reports.

According to the Associated Press, three universities and a healthcare institution are sharing a gift of $1 billion.

New rules seek to limit the type of scientific and medical research that can be used to guide public health regulations, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: FreeHi-C approach simulates Hi-C data from interacting genome fragments, and more.