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Strata Assistant for Epic

Strata Oncology has introduced Strata Assistant, an app that allows integration of StrataNGS test submission into Epic Systems electronic health records. Strata Assistant, available through the Epic App Orchard, prepopulates the test requisition form with existing data from the EHR to reduce data entry and assure accuracy. The firm said that it would later add automated results retrieval within the app for the StrataNGS pan-cancer assay for solid tumors. Strata also announced that Kettering Health Network of Dayton, Ohio, is the first fully integrated user of Strata Assistant.

The Scan

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.

Topical Compound to Block EGFR Inhibitors May Ease Skin Toxicities, Study Finds

A topical treatment described in Science Translational Medicine may limit skin toxicities seen with EGFR inhibitor therapy.

Dozen Genetic Loci Linked to Preeclampsia Risk in New GWAS

An analysis of genome-wide association study data in JAMA Cardiology finds genetic loci linked to preeclampsia that have ties to blood pressure.

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.