This article has been clarified to note that Novartis discovered the gene marker linked to liver toxicities associated with lumiracoxib, not Novartis' diagnostics unit.

By Turna Ray

Cepheid and Novartis are collaborating on the development of a test for monitoring Bcr-Abl gene transcripts, which will help doctors more reliably manage Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia patients treated with Novartis' oncologic Gleevec.

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