Diatech Pharmacogenetics EasyPGX kits, Helix cfDNA kit

Italy's Diatech Pharmacogenetics has launched a line of PCR-based oncology kits. The easyPGX line of PCR kits includes assays to detect KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, EGFR, involved in many solid tumors; DPYD and UGT1A1 variants associated with toxicity upon fluoropyrimidine and irinotecan treatment, respectively; and a thyroid panel.

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