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The oncology assay is the first from Roche using either plasma or tumor tissue samples and identifies 42 mutations in the EGFR gene.

Giant platelets on a blood smear

The approach, dubbed ThromboSeq, enables clinical researchers to identify different cancer types by looking at tumor-educated, platelet-derived RNA using RNA-seq.

Progenetics will distribute GeneStrat and Veristrat liquid biopsy tests in Israel, making Biodesix's tests available in the Middle East for the first time.

The firm's ROS1 gene fusion kit was approved as a companion diagnostic for Pfizer's Xalkori.

The European Commission has now approved the anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda, and the Dako test with it, as a first-line treatment for non-small cell lung cancer.

The companies will develop biomarkers of response to Lantern's lead therapy candidates, including a potential liquid biopsy assay for its NSCLC drug Tavocept.

A team of Swedish researchers has received $3.3 million to develop a new nanotechnology platform for detecting blood-borne markers in lung and breast cancer.

Merck is hoping NanoString's multiplex platform can support gene expression signatures that will better predict which patients will respond to checkpoint inhibitors like its Keytruda.

The FDA-approved complementary assay "can provide insight into the survival benefit that may be achieved" with the treatment, Roche said.

OncoCyte is proceeding full-steam ahead on commercializing the gene expression-based test, pursuing CLIA certification and a Q2 2017 launch.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.