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Additional Genes

A new genetic testing service for cancer patients is being introduced in Wales, BBC News reports.

It adds that cancer patients in Wales will be able to undergo testing through the Cymru Service for Genomic Oncology Diagnoses, which is part of the All Wales Medical Genomic Service, to detect changes in about 500 different genes, up from the 50 genes current examined. This, Rhian White, the head cancer genomics clinical scientist there says, means that more tumor types can undergo testing. The service also plans to expand testing capacity over the next decade, the BBC notes.

By expanding testing, the hope is to uncover targeted therapies from which patients might better benefit. "Where we compare the newer anti-cancer targeted therapies with more traditional therapies, like chemotherapy, we know the outcomes are often better in terms of controlling the cancer better and helping patients live for longer," Samantha Cox, a clinical oncologist, tells the BBC.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.