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If approved, the companion test can be used to identify which metastatic breast cancer patients have mutations in BRCA1/2 genes and are likely to respond to Lynparza.

Participants shared data from head-to-head assay comparisons, reflected on the advancement of NGS and digital PCR methods, and discussed new standardization projects.

The initial FDA approval of Thermo Fisher's NGS panel test for personalizing cancer treatment may allow rapid expansion to new indications.

The so-called universal CDx approved by the FDA can gauge alterations across multiple genes associated with response to three lung cancer treatments. 

AstraZeneca will use Trovagene's Trovera EGFR urine liquid biopsy test in an open-label prospective biomarker study.

In head-to-head studies, a next-generation EGFR inhibitor and an ALK inhibitor beat their older counterparts in staving of cancer progression.  

The first randomized study to show a PARP inhibitor benefits advanced breast cancer patients is also a sign of the expanding utility of BRCA testing in precision medicine.

The AstraZeneca Centre for Genomics Research has tapped DNAnexus to develop a secure genomics informatics environment for analyzing 2 million genomes.

The companies aim to develop a genomic test to differentiate respiratory allergens from irritants to help with drug discovery.

The company signed separate agreements with AstraZeneca, Merck, Merck KGaA, and Pfizer to create the panel, which is expected to help speed drug development.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.