NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Response Genetics has signed a deal with Roche Diagnostics to support the development of a cancer assay.

The Los Angeles-based firm said today that it had licensed to Roche non-exclusive rights to use its PCR analysis technology to assess human epidermal growth factor type 2 gene expression. A test that can accurately measure HER2 expression could assist physicians with treatment decisions for patients with certain cancers in tissues such as breast.

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