Tumors that test positive for phosphorylated PKB are invulnerable to Tarceva, and that fact could lead to a test to divert some patients into more efficacious treatment regimes, according to research on brain gliomas by a team at the University of California in San Francisco.

"Basically every big hospital or cancer center could set up such a diagnostic test," Daphne Haas-Kogan, an associate professor in the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology, told Pharmacogenomics Reporter.

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.