CHICAGO (GenomeWeb)– A subpopulation of metastatic breast cancer patients with germline mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes had a 42 percent lower chance of progression with AstraZeneca's PARP inhibitor Lynparza (olaparib) compared to chemotherapy, a study has shown.

The randomized study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting is the first to show a PARP inhibitor extends progression-free survival in advanced breast cancer patients. It also is a sign of the expanding utility of BRCA testing in precision medicine.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Kite Pharmaceuticals' CAR T-cell therapy for large B-cell lymphomas, the New York Times reports.

Kaiser Health News reports that gene therapies could cost more than a million dollars.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have received a grant to combine biology and computer science for high school students.

In Nature this week: variants associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, review of key CRISPR enzymes, and more.

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