A targeted-medicine hopeful is in trouble.

After reviewing recent data showing no survival benefit for patients taking the cancer drug Iressa, the US Food and Drug Administration this week urged current consumers of the drug to see their doctors and consider changing prescriptions, a development that may spell the end of the drug unless responders can be reliably identified. The company’s manufacturer, AstraZeneca, is currently discussing the drug’s fate with the FDA.

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In an against-all-odds twist, a researcher studying exceeding rare FOXG1 mutations discovers her daughter has the syndrome.

An effort by Genomics Medicine Ireland is creating a database of diseases based on the genomics of people in Ireland. It now is looking into the possibility of including Scotland in its work.

In recent weeks, the direct-to-consumer genetics firm has rolled out a health hub where customers can share information concerning 18 common health conditions.

In PLOS this week, new genes associated with prostate cancer risk, genetic patterns in M. bovis, and more.

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