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The firm believes that data from a recently published study illustrates the advantages of its technology for methylation-specific PCR assays.

In a small study, melanoma patients with BRAF V600K mutations responded better to immunotherapy while those with V600E mutations had a better response to targeted therapy.

The researchers aim to offer the half-hour diagnostic assay for use during neurosurgery to help clinicians pursue the best treatment for patients with gliomas.  

Genome and RNA sequencing led to recurrent EGFR and BRAF rearrangements in cryptogenic congenital mesoblastic nephroma and infantile fibrosarcoma soft tumors.

Informaticians at Spain's National Cancer Research Centre develop a methodology for evaluating likely drug efficacy based on specific patient genotypes.

This is the first US Food and Drug Administration approval for a drug based solely on data from a basket study.

The so-called universal CDx approved by the FDA can gauge alterations across multiple genes associated with response to three lung cancer treatments. 

Last week's buys of two oncology labs will allow Quest to provide new cancer diagnostic technologies to communities lacking major cancer research centers, it said.

Researchers said that laboratories participating in BRAF proficiency testing include most of the required reporting elements "to unambiguously convey molecular results." 

The study compared five methods, including three based on Roche test kits and reagents, and suggested that a multiplexed test may be best to avoid false-negative results.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.