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News and reporting on cancer immunotherapy.

In Science this week: gut microbes affect how cancer patients respond to immunotherapy, and more.

A pair of papers point to potential gut microbial contributions to checkpoint blockade immunotherapy response in individuals with lung, kidney, or skin cancer.

The partners will test samples from an NSABP biobank on Nanostring's platform and with standard IHC to look for newer biomarkers of cancer immune evasion.

Alterations affecting the antigen presentation-related gene B2M appeared to be over-represented in melanomas with checkpoint blockade non-response or resistance.

The researchers plan to add the MSI detection capabilities to an NGS panel and will use the information to guide cancer patients to precision medicine trials.

Gizmodo reports that some cancer patients are turning to DIY immunotherapies.

The alliance's first aim is the identification, development, and validation of biomarkers of cancer and treatment response.

The results of the study could have implications for liquid biopsy developers that aim to pick out patients more likely to respond to immunotherapies.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

The company shared validation data this week that it said led the FDA to approve use of the test in a new prospective trial of Roche's Tecentriq in NSCLC.

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Wall Street Journal writes new studies are giving glimpses into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

In PLOS this week: analysis of Plasmodium population structure, qPCR assay to diagnose scabies, and more.