Plexxicon

This week, Certara said that Plexxikon has selected its D360 software solution to support data access and analysis for its drug discovery projects.

Since BRAF inhibitors such as Roche/Plexxicon's vemurafenib, or PLX 4032, are currently in clinical trials for melanoma patients, the authors think there could be a rapid transition of their findings to the clinic.

By exploring a treatment strategy that involves Roche/Plexxikon's investigational pharmacogenomically targeted drug vemurafenib and Bristol-Myers Squibb's newly approved melanoma treatment Yervoy, two large drug developers are hoping to further improve outcomes for a genomically defined patient population.

The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.