antiplatelet therapy

Spartan Bioscience has gained a CE IVD Mark for its Spartan RX CYP2C19 point-of-care test to guide antiplatelet treatment. Meanwhile, the firm is planning a US regulatory filing in 2011.

Although several studies have shown that carriers of CYP2C19 alleles do not respond to Plavix as well as non-carriers, and the FDA has updated the drug's label to notify physicians of the role of these alleles in Plavix metabolism, the assay's label specifically notes that "the INFINITI CYP2C19 Assay is not intended to be used to predict drug response or non-response."

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.