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In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.

Researchers identified tumor microbe and immune differences in tumor samples from pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients with exceptionally long survival.

The work is being conducted as part of the Human Cell Atlas initiative, which was launched in 2016 to create a reference atlas of all human cell types.

The actual match rate is significantly higher than the 10 percent rate the researchers anticipated they would see when the study began in 2017.

The company is seeing increasing interest in its GeoMx platform with numerous studies from early users presented last month at AACR.

Most head and neck cancer patients saw a decline in oral HPV DNA after treatment, but those who did not were more likely to experience disease recurrence.

In work presented at the recent American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, they found that T-cell cytokine production predicted patient response.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

Based on the findings, MD Anderson is already using HER2 status to recommend patients for clinical trials instead of EGFR drugs and authors recommend others follow suit.

John Mendelsohn Dies

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.