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Teams from France and Germany disputed the notion that the 21-gene signature is needed to identify low-risk breast cancer patients who can be spared chemotherapy.

Researchers used the 21-gene expression assay to find individuals at lowest risk of breast cancer recurrence, who were spared adjuvant chemotherapy.

The funding will support work identifying the mechanisms underlying the differential responses among pediatric and adult ALL patients to therapy.

The patent application was filed by Montefiore Medical Center's Sanjay Goel and John Mariadason, who discovered the association between mutations in the PIK3CA and PTEN genes and a lack of response to EGFR inhibitors.

The technology from Montefiore Medical Center relates to tumor-specific mutations in the genes PIK3CA and PTEN that can be useful in predicting patient non-response to EGFR inhibitors.

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.