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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Personal Genome Diagnostics said today that it has entered a collaboration with Five Prime Therapeutics to develop a blood-based companion diagnostic assay for use with Five Prime's investigational drug candidate, bemarituzumab.

Under the agreement, PGDx is creating and validating a circulating tumor DNA test to identify the approximately 10 percent of gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancer patients whose tumors are FGFR2 gene-amplified and therefore eligible for treatment with the drug.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.

Mar
21
Sponsored by
Loop Genomics

This webinar provides a comparison of next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches for human transcriptome sequencing, including short-read Illumina sequencing and synthetic long-read sequencing technology.

Mar
26
Sponsored by
PerkinElmer

This webinar will address the current status and future directions for massively high-throughput genomics for plant and animal breeding and research.

Mar
27
Sponsored by
Swift Biosciences

Sequencing workflows require library quantification and normalization to ensure data quality and reduce cost. 

Mar
28
Sponsored by
Qiagen

The Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) is a manually curated, comprehensive collection of disease-causing, germline mutations. Since 1996, a team of experts has manually catalogued over a quarter of a million mutations for the database.