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By Justin Petrone

The quintet of studies, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting last week, could help support NanoString's diagnostic ambitions.

ARUP Labs launches PAM50 Breast Cancer Intrinsic Classifier.

NanoString is betting that its test will predict treatment benefit for specific classes of chemotherapies, which will differentiate it from other genomic breast cancer tests on the market.

Bioclassifier has licensed to NanoString the rights to develop in vitro diagnostic and research products based on the so-called PAM50 gene signature and NanoString's nCounter platform. Meantime, ARUP Laboratories will next month launch a laboratory-developed qPCR test based on the signature.

CEO Brad Gray said that the firm intends to have the breast cancer intrinsic subtyping assay on the US market for clinical use in two years.

NanoString licensed a gene signature created and validated by Bioclassifier in order to develop diagnostic and research products for breast cancer intrinsic subtyping.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.