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Qiagen said this week that GE Healthcare subsidiary Clarient will offer Qiagen's Therascreen KRAS RGQ PCR kit as a companion diagnostic to guide the use of Erbitux (cetuximab) as a treatment in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

Opko Health said this week that it has expanded its collaboration with drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb to use its protein biomarker discovery platform to identify markers predictive of patient response to several BMS therapeutics.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Opko Health said today that it has expanded a collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb to include biomarker discovery for pharmacogenomic tests for use in treating Alzheimer's disease.

According to a team led by researchers at Plymouth University, there are significant flaws in the standard cognitive test used to diagnose and evaluate Alzheimer's disease patients, which could be hampering efforts to develop treatments and biomarkers for the disease.

Testing for gene mutations that hinder the ability of colorectal cancer patients to respond to anti-EGFR drugs is a cost-effective way of administering such pricey treatments, according to

Just days before they were scheduled to go to trial, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced that they have hammered out a settlement to their protracted patent-infringement and technology-misappropriation lawsuits.

Despite its relatively low profile since it kicked off its third phase last spring, the Broad Institute's RNAi Consortium is proceeding apace, although its mission has expanded beyond its initial focus of just RNAi.

Quest Diagnostics has begun offering a test for measuring free epidermal growth factor receptor using Somalogic's aptamer-based Somamer technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies said today that it would collaborate with Bristol-Myers Squibb to develop companion diagnostics. Initially, the companies will partner on an oncology project with the option to expand collaborative efforts across a range of disease areas.

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The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.