KRAS

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genome-editing approach, analysis of KRAS-mutant cancers modeled in genetically engineered mice, and more.

UCSF will analyze Two Pore Guys' handheld nanopore device for its ability to detect a KRAS mutation from patient blood and urine samples.

The combination of the new test with Biocartis' existing KRAS assay offers customers a complete solution for testing metastatic colorectal cancers as reccomended by professional guidelines.

Can Almost See It

Newsweek reports that cancer researchers are cautiously optimistic that they will soon be able to target mutant Ras.

KRAS in its Sights

Researchers used T-cell transfer therapy to target mutation KRAS, according to the New York Times.

California researchers screened some 850 miRNAs to uncover one that inhibits growth in cancer cells with KRAS mutations, which are linked to poor survival.

Results from a recent study clarify some conflicting prior determinations, and provide a new rationale to further explore the FCGR2A biomarker in prospective trials.

The company will use the money to develop liquid biopsy versions of its solid tumor BRAF and KRAS diagnostics as part of a larger research collaboration.

The group has licensed the clamp method, as well as earlier technology developments, to Xagenic, which is working to commercialize it in various diagnostic areas.

The test helps to identify metastatic colorectal cancer patients for whom treatment with Erbitux (cetuximab) or Vectibix (panitumumab) may be effective because their tumors carry no KRAS mutations.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.