NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Seeking to set a standard for how molecular diagnostic cancer tests are evaluated, the Center for Medical Technology Policy has issued a set of recommendations covering how to best assess the clinical validity and utility of these tests.

While molecular diagnostic tests offer great promise for oncology, evidence supporting the use and safety of these tests is lacking, and there is "considerable debate" about how much evidence is required and how it should be acquired, CMTP said yesterday.

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In PNAS this week: transcript patterns in drug-resistant cancer cells, function of high-altitude adaption gene, and more.

Monitoring gene expression changes could help sniff out athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, New Scientist says.

The University of Southern California lodges a cross-complaint in its legal dispute with the University of California, San Diego, over a large Alzheimer's disease project.

Cornell's Christopher Mason and his colleagues correct their New York City microbiome study to emphasize "the difference between matching fragments of DNA from a species and a pathogen."

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