KRAS testing

The recent study highlights strengths and weaknesses of numerous platforms and may help end users choose the best assay for their circumstances.

The test detects 21 relevant mutations in the KRAS oncogene including mutations in exons 2, 3, and 4. 

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.

The customizable PCR plates may also be less expensive than the FDA-approved Therascreen kits.

Transgenomic announced this week that it has signed an agreement with Amgen to develop an IVD test to identify NRAS and KRAS mutated patients with advanced colorectal cancer using its RAScan kits.

Momentum from the 2011 launch of two highly anticipated personalized medicine cancer treatments — Pfizer's Xalkori and Roche's Zelboraf — continued to spur pharmaceutical companies and test makers to engage in drug and diagnostic codevelopment collaborations throughout 2012.

After a survey of UK oncologists revealed that access hurdles and high costs associated with biomarker testing are limiting their ability to prescribe personalized treatments, Merck Serono has issued a "call to action" for the government and pharmaceutical industry to work togeth

Anagnostics said this week that it has tapped fellow Austrian firm Vela Laboratories to be its first service partner. Vienna-based Vela will now offer its pharmaceutical and biotech clients the ability to use Anagnostics' cylindrical HybCell microarray platform.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.

NPR reports that government and private insurers are being slow to cover recently approved CAR-T cell therapies.

CNBC reports that there are thousands of genetic tests available for consumers to chose between.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of ducks, whole-genome doubling among tumor samples, and more.