With a hungry eye on the cancer diagnostics market, ViroLogic has finally closed its $180 million acquisition of Aclara Biosciences, whose eTag technology may allow the combined company to create products complementing targeted-medicine hopefuls Erbitux and Iressa, among other cancer drugs.

Since some physicians are familiar with ViroLogic’s molecular diagnostics for HIV drug resistance, the company hopes its success in this market can act as a springboard into cancer testing and treatment, ViroLogic CEO Bill Young told Pharmacogenomics Reporter.

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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.