By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Abbott said today it will provide a companion diagnostic for an investigational cancer therapy being developed by Merck.

Under the terms of the deal, Abbott will use its fluorescence in situ hybridization technology to develop a test to identify deletions of the TP53 gene in cancer patients. The assay will be evaluated in clinical trials for its ability to select the most appropriate patients for Merck's therapy.

Other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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