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Some aspects of testing practice seem clear, while others present significant challenges for clinicians, according to discussions at the recent ASCO meeting.

The researchers described gut microbial diversity and composition differences in metastatic melanoma patients who did or did not respond to immunotherapy. 

In head-to-head studies, a next-generation EGFR inhibitor and an ALK inhibitor beat their older counterparts in staving of cancer progression.  

Through prospective pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma testing, researchers saw germline mutations in new genes and in cases outside of current germline testing criteria.

American Society of Clinical Oncology presentations show the unmet need for methods to predict autoimmune toxicities in checkpoint blockade-treated individuals.

The first randomized study to show a PARP inhibitor benefits advanced breast cancer patients is also a sign of the expanding utility of BRCA testing in precision medicine.

Suspicious variants were uncovered through analyses of pediatric cancer survivors from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study and Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.

The registry collects data on cancer genetics and aims to provide patients with access to quality NGS testing, among other things.

The agency hopes to gain data on the efficacy of BRAF targeted drugs used in sequence, and how physicians implement treatments compared to how the drugs are labelled.

Though researchers highlighted their goal of using the method to move toward a test to detect early cancers, their current data speaks only to the method's performance in late-stage cancer patients.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.