NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Abbott yesterday said that it will partner with Pfizer on a molecular diagnostic test to screen non-small cell lung cancer tumors for the presence of gene rearrangements.

Pfizer is developing a drug that selectively targets cancer-causing genes implicated in the progress of many cancers, the firms said in a statement. For patients to be eligible to receive the drug candidate, a particular genetic translocation known to be present in NSCLC tumors and others cancers, but not in normal cells, must be identified in the tumor sample.

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