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Sema4 will use its next-generation sequencing testing services to identify patients with solid tumors harboring NRG1 fusions for Merus' Phase I/II drug trial.

The Jerusalem-based drug developer is studying PLX8394 in patients with BRAF V600-mutated gliomas and solid tumors with non-V600 mutations. 

The firm will conduct genomic and transcriptomic analysis to identify predictors of response to the personalized immunotherapy TG4050.

Strata will use its StrataNGS profiling test to identify patients with advanced solid tumors harboring KRAS G12C mutations for enrollment into Mirati's KRYSTAL-1 trial.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that experts say Moderna's investigational COVID-19 vaccine results seem to be a step in the right direction, but that more testing is needed.

Natera's Signatera test will be used to select and monitor eligible patients with KRAS-mutant tumors who have molecular residual disease after surgery.

In the Phase I/IB study, only patients with NTRK or ROS1 fusions, or an ALK fusion or mutation responded to entrectinib, while patients without these tumor markers didn’t respond.

The data also point to viral load reductions regardless of disease genotype, extent of patient liver fibrosis, or failure with other treatments.

Quark Pharmaceuticals last week announced “favorable” interim results from a phase I trial of its siRNA-based ocular neuroprotectant QPI-1007, showing the drug may improve the vision of patients with a rare eye condition.

Alnylam partner Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said it views the data as a validation of its drug-delivery technology, which will be used in two new oncology programs it unveiled this week.

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The Financial Times reports the US bolstering its ability to track SARS-CoV-2 alterations.

The New York Times reports that Cedars-Sinai researchers have uncovered a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Southern California.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pan-cancer atlas focus on miRNA biogenesis mutations, methylation analysis of pig skeletal muscles, and more.

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.