EGFR testing

Researchers separately found that the assay had high concordance with other techniques in cancers including colorectal and endometrial carcinomas.

The new approval will allow the use of Qiagen's Therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR Kit as a companion diagnostic for Pfizer's Vizimpro in NSCLC patients.

In head-to-head studies, a next-generation EGFR inhibitor and an ALK inhibitor beat their older counterparts in staving of cancer progression.  

Quest Diagnostics will offer the Target Selector lung cancer mutation detection test in that country through a reference agreement with Biocept.

Non-small cell lung cancer patients with EGFR mutations now have three treatment choices, and AstraZeneca is working on newer personalized treatment options.

The raise is an extension of a $27 million Series B round in early 2014 to prepare for the launch of several liquid biopsy cancer tests this year. 

Data presented at the meeting helped better define the potential benefits and risks of broad panel-based tests for hereditary cancer genes.

The results also suggest the cfDNA assay has high sensitivity and 100 percent specificity, comparable to other technologies being developed for liquid biopsy testing.

Clovis hopes Sysmex's BEAMing test will work better than FFPE tests to identify candidates for treatment with rociletinib, its investigational EGFR inhibitor.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Researchers from several European institutions working with AstraZeneca have published a study demonstrating that measuring EGFR mutations from circulating tumor DNA compares favorably to tissue-based EGFR mutation status.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.