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TrimGen is the latest of several molecular diagnostics players to receive FDA OK for their warfarin sensitivity assays.

BioArray Briefs: 2009.02.17

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Despite increasing evidence that the action of some drugs is influenced by patient genetics, testing for such variants has not been widely adopted as part of standard practice, AAAS meeting attendees heard this weekend.

LabCorp becomes the first clinical lab firm in the US to offer the recently FDA-cleared HCV test.

The agency and the consortium will make available genomic data about drug-induced reactions causing skin rashes.

The molecular diagnostics firm's decline in sales to clinical partners and biothreat customers was the primary cause of its expected decrease in Q4 revenues. It also announced a series of measures aimed at reining in costs in 2009.

A company official said Hong Kong may be the best place to conduct the phase I study since data collected may be used in both US and Chinese regulatory filings.

The agency has created a new science spot to coordinate and upgrade its genomics programs.

Without specific guidance from the FDA regarding KRAS testing, drugmakers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Amgen are facing lower sales of their colorectal cancer drugs Erbitux and Vectibix, and may need to get creative in how they market their drugs to patients and doctors.

Navigenics’ lower-priced program to incorporate genetic risk data in patients’ annual medical checkup raises questions as to whether personal genomics firms should be broadly marketing their services to physicians.

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The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

DARPA is working on developing algorithms that gauge the credibility of research findings, Wired reports.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends all women diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, the Washington Post says.

In Science this week: comparison of modern, historical rabbit exomes uncovers parallel evolution after myxoma virus exposure; and more.