Biodesix said this week that data from an analysis of serum and plasma samples from a Phase II non-small cell lung cancer study demonstrate that its Veristrat test is able to identify patients likely to benefit when treated with erlotinib – marketed by Roche as Tarceva – and erlotinib combined with gemcitabine.

The results were presented this week at the Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposia in Thoracic Oncology by Thomas Stinchcombe, associate professor of hematology/oncology at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.