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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has approved inclusion of Biodesix's VeriStrat proteomics test in its guidelines for non-small cell lung cancer, the Boulder, Colo.-based firm said today.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network now supports MGMT methylation testing in elderly glioblastoma patients to assess the likelihood that they will benefit from temozolomide treatment. This may help spur adoption of MDxHealth's MGMT PredictMDx for Glioblastoma test.

This article has been updated to correct that Ellen Matloff is a plaintiff in AMP v. USPTO.

After garnering a CLIA-certified clinical laboratory through its purchase of Navigenics last week, Life Technologies wasted no time jumping into the molecular diagnostics space.

Genomic Health discussed the status of its ongoing work with Pfizer in renal cancer and suggested it might eventually develop a companion test for Erbitux that gauges mutations "beyond KRAS."

When Vectibix received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration in 2006, "Amgen already knew the response rate was low," according to an Amgen official. The company began collecting patient tissue samples from mid-2005 to early 2007, knowing it would "need those samples for a biomarker analysis."

In a draft paper, entitled "The NCCN Comparative Therapeutic Index as a Paradigm for Near-Term Comparative Effectiveness Analyses of Existing Data in Oncology," the NCCN said its methodologies for comparing the risk/benefit value of treatments "will not be in conflict with 'personalized medicine' as it pertains to the care of cancer patients."

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NPR says the explosion and fire earlier this week at a Russian lab that stores dangerous pathogens revives the question of whether such samples should be kept.

According to Wired, Nebula Genomics is providing a way for people to get their genomes sequenced anonymously.

A 26-year-old woman tells Cosmopolitan about learning her APOE status at a young age.

In Science journals this week: a functional genomic screen uncovers drug combination that increases KRAS inhibitor efficacy in aggressive lung cancer, and more.