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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Qiagen said after the close of the market on Wednesday it has entered into an agreement with Eli Lilly to develop companion diagnostics for the drug firm's investigational and approved medicines across all therapeutic areas.

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.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent subsidiary Dako has entered into a "master framework agreement" with Eli Lilly to advance a companion diagnostic that gauges best responders for an undisclosed oncology treatment the drug maker is developing.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have picked two Alzheimer's drugs under development at Roche and Eli Lilly to take through a clinical trial that will test how well these agents prevent the disease in those genetically predisposed to get it.

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

PrimeraDx said this week that its ICEPlex quantitative multiplex PCR system and accompanying Clostridium difficile detection assay have received CE marking.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Qiagen announced after the close of the market on Friday that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing its therascreen KRAS RGQ PCR Kit to be sold as a companion diagnostic test for Erbitux (cetuximab), a drug used for treating colorectal cancer.

PrimeraDx said this week that it has entered into a multi-year relationship with Eli Lilly to develop diagnostic products in support of multiple therapeutic development programs.

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The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.

James Wyngaarden, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, has died at 94, according to Duke University School of Medicine.

Researchers find that a 30-year-old skull comes from a narwhal-beluga hybrid, according to Science News.

In Nature this week: study of value diversity in GWAS, Epstein-Barr virus subtypes linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma risk, and more.