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Foundation Medicine FoundationOne CDx

Foundation Medicine's FoundationOne CDx is now available in the US, following approval by the US Food and Drug Administration last year and finalization of a national coverage determination by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this month. The test is available for patients with advanced solid tumor cancers. It assesses genomic alterations in 324 cancer genes and serves as a companion diagnostic for patients with certain types of non-small cell lung cancer, melanoma, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer to determine if they could benefit from one of 17 on-labeled therapies, of which 12 are approved as first-line therapy for their respective indication. In addition, the test reports genomic biomarkers, such as microsatellite instability and tumor mutational burden that can help inform the use of immunotherapies.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.