By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Roche's drug and companion diagnostic test for late-stage unresectable melanoma.

The agency today approved Zelboraf (vemurafenib), co-developed with Daiichi Sankyo, for the treatment of patients with melanoma whose tumors express a gene mutation known as BRAF V600E. At the same time it approved the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test for determining whether a patient's melanoma cells have the mutation.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.