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The latest news on immunotherapy for oncology professionals.

New data now suggests that evaluating PD-L2 levels might better predict response to PD-1 targeting immune-oncology drugs than current tests that only measure PD-L1.

In 86 pretreated cancer patients with mismatch repair deficiency, researchers saw objective response rates exceeding 50 percent after anti-PD-1 immunotherapy.

The researchers described gut microbial diversity and composition differences in metastatic melanoma patients who did or did not respond to immunotherapy. 

American Society of Clinical Oncology presentations show the unmet need for methods to predict autoimmune toxicities in checkpoint blockade-treated individuals.

Qiagen will use NGS to develop gene expression profiles related to BMS immuno-oncology therapies; and the company has licensed IO therapy response biomarkers from JHU.

The belief among genomics experts that one day drugs would be given based on genomic abnormalities that cut across tumor types became reality this week.

In a milestone for the cancer community, the agency approved Keytruda for the genomic features of a cancer, not where the tumor occurs in the body.

Collaborators have created an atlas that compares available PD-L1 IHC assays and reveals areas of debate, including challenges encountered by clinicians.

Targeted profiling of more than 100,000 cancers by Foundation Medicine suggests mutation-rich tumors occur quite frequently, perhaps opening the door to broader immunotherapy application.

Analyses of T cell therapy-responsive metastatic HPV-positive cervical cancers suggest the immune cells largely respond to tumor rather than viral antigens.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.