NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – With the US Food and Drug Administration's approval for AstraZeneca's Iressa (gefitinib), metastatic non-small cell lung cancer patients whose tumors have EGFR mutations now have three personalized treatment options.

Importantly for the drug giant, which has been out of the US lung cancer market for a decade, the approval also may serve as a launch pad for it to re-establish its presence with next generation and combination products.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

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