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Asuragen Licenses BRAF V600E Mutation for Cancer Testing

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Asuragen said this week that it has taken a non-exclusive license to the BRAF V600E mutation from Johns Hopkins University for use in its CLIA laboratory for clinical research and patient testing for a range of cancers.

The presence of the V600E mutation in the BRAF oncogene has been shown to impact prognosis and the prediction of therapeutic response in colorectal cancer and also predicts a poorer prognosis in thyroid cancer, Asuragen said.

The company has integrated the BRAF mutation into its Luminex-based Signature KRAS Mutations assay for research use, and also plans to offer BRAF mutation testing in its services laboratory for clinical trials and companion diagnostics studies.

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