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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Clinical Data today said that it has started a collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh to discover and validate genetic variants that could predict response to certain cancer treatments.

The partners will focus on variants in the Fc gamma receptor genes, which they believe could potentially predict patient response to monoclonal antibody therapies, such as cetuximab (Erbitux) and trastuzumab (Herceptin), and other monoclonal antibodies of the IgG1 subclass for treating cancer.

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