Proteome Sciences said this week that it has signed an agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific providing access to patents related to its Tandem Mass Tags isobaric tagging reagents in exchange for cash and a no-cost lease from Thermo Fisher for mass spectrometry equipment.

The company plans to use that equipment to further develop its SysQuant assays for measuring activation of cancer signaling pathways with the ultimate goal of building clinical test for guiding personalized cancer treatment, Proteome Sciences COO Ian Pike, told ProteoMonitor.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.