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A study presented at the AACR meeting showed that Resolution's ctDx-Lung assay reported more oncogenic fusions than Guardant360 in NSCLC patients.

The gene fusion assay maker is the sixth member to join the consortium, which also includes Illumina and several pharmaceutical companies.

Pfizer's Xalkori yielded significantly longer progression-free survival than standard chemotherapy in the Phase III trial of first-line treatment of ALK-positive NSCLC.

Using NanoString's nCounter technology, researchers from Pfizer and Seoul National University have developed an ALK test they hope will be as accurate as the gold standard fluorescence in situ hybridization test for identifying patients who could benefit from Pfizer's Xa

Pfizer completed submission of its NDA for the ALK-inhibiting non-small cell lung cancer drug crizotinib, and was granted a priority review from the FDA. Meantime, Abbott Molecular plans to submit "shortly" a premarket approval application for a commercial companion diagnostic that will pick out best responders to crizotinib.

The drug/diagnostic codevelopment partners are each planning to complete regulatory submissions with the FDA in the first half of this year for a pharmacogenomic NSCLC treatment targeting patients with the EML4-ALK-fusion oncogene.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.