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Downloads and Upgrades: CancerRx, CloudDx, and Cytoscape 3.1.1

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MedPage Today and CollabRx have released CancerRx, an application that runs on Apple's operating system, that’s designed to help oncologists and pathologists navigate the complex landscape of oncology therapeutic options.

The app offers expert-vetted guidance on treatment options for lung cancer, melanoma, metastatic breast cancer, and colorectal cancer based on tumor genetic profiles, stage, histology, and treatment history. It also includes a daily oncology newsfeed from MedPage Today that’s updated in real-time.


Appistry has launched CloudDx, a new cloud-based service for ordering laboratory-developed genomic tests.

The solution provides a web-based dashboard for ordering established LDTs and tracking the status of individual orders across healthcare organizations. It orchestrates the flow of data and logistics among the network of service providers ensuring that data and physical samples are transferred and securely managed in accordance with HIPAA and CLIA guidelines.


Cytoscape 3.1.1 is available here.

This maintenance release fixes issues with the new filter facility; improved network and attribute imports for Excel, CSV, and TXT files; better user and app developer documentation; and other updates.

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Canada's New Budget on Science

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