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The approval will allow clinicians to identify NSCLC patients with ROS1 fusion genes who could benefit from treatment with Rozlytrek.

Doctors can now order the test to identify breast cancer patients with BRCA1/2 mutations who may be eligible for surgery or targeted therapy.

Promega's microsatellite instability technology will be used to develop an on-label, solid tumor companion diagnostic for pembrolizumab.

By participating in the project, the company, located in Tokyo, hopes to improve its cloud-based data management services while winning over new customers.

Novel clinical trials designs are enabling exploration of new precision oncology drug indications in Japan and China, and increasing patient access to treatments. 

The Japan News writes that Japan needs to seize the opportunity to ensure that a wide number of people benefit from personalized cancer treatments.

The LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay can now be used in Japan as the CDx for quizartinib for the treatment of FLT3-ITD positive relapsed or refractory AML.

Likely Allowed

New Japanese guidelines would allow for gene editing of human embryos for research purposes, according to Nature News.

Call for More

Japan's science ministry wants a budget increase of about 20 percent, Science reports.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reports that a Japanese government panel has decided not to regulate some types of gene editing. 

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.