Asian Cancer Research Group

The Asian Cancer Research Group, led by Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Merck, has used whole-genome sequencing to identify recurrent, druggable mutations in hepatocellular carcinoma.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of studies in the early, online version of Nature Genetics are highlighting the types of genetic mutations that underlie the liver cancer hepatocellular carcinoma, including forms of the disease related to hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infection.

Recently, Mao Mao, a research fellow at Pfizer Oncology Research who is working on several different cancer sequencing projects, spoke to In Sequence about the company's use of sequencing in drug development and the hurdles that still remain in implementing the technology in pharmaceutical research.

Through the formation of the Asian Cancer Research Group, Eli Lily, Merck, and Pfizer have also committed "to create one of the most extensive pharmacogenomic cancer databases known to date."

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

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

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

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