British diagnostics service firmLab21 said this week that it has signed a deal to collaborate with diagnostics developer IntegraGen to develop a microRNA-based assay for colorectal cancer.

According to Lab21, it will use its proprietary PCR technology to develop an assay that can detect hsa-miR-31-3p, which is believed to predict response to EGFR inhibitor therapy, such as Erbitux, in KRAS wild-type patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

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