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News and reporting on EGFR biomarkers.
Researchers from France's Gustave Roussy Institute designed EGFR mutation assays for the system, which they showed could be useful for testing in non-small cell lung cancer patients.
The test, miRpredX 31-3p, is a positive theranostic test that quantifies the expression of miR-31-3p in FFPE using RT-qPCR technology.
The changes include recommendations for first line immunotherapy in patients with high PD-L1 expression, and clarification on use of targeted therapies.
The so-called universal CDx approved by the FDA can gauge alterations across multiple genes associated with response to three lung cancer treatments.
Clinicians say they are using blood-based tests for patients who can't be biopsied as a way to get test results sooner, but implementing tests smartly and appropriately remains a challenge.
The company will work with USC researchers in a year-long study aimed at assessing the clinical utility of EntroGen's PCR-based liquid biopsy test for EGFR mutations.
The lung cancer test, which can detect 51 EGFR mutations, is the fifth assay for cancer that the Belgian molecular diagnostics firm has CE marked.
In head-to-head studies, a next-generation EGFR inhibitor and an ALK inhibitor beat their older counterparts in staving of cancer progression.
The coverage decision limits the test to patients with advanced lung cancers who haven't been genomically profiled and who can't receive tissue-based testing.
The oncology assay is the first from Roche using either plasma or tumor tissue samples and identifies 42 mutations in the EGFR gene.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Russia's announcement of a coronavirus vaccine approval was met with concern as safety testing has not yet been completed.
New Scientist writes there aren't much data available on the accuracy of the two rapid COVID-19 tests the UK plans to roll out.
In PNAS this week: downstream effect of oncoprotein fusion, epigenetic changes influence tRNAs in colon cancer, and more.
Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.