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One of the first projects between the firms will be to develop and commercialize a companion diagnostic for the MEK inhibitor binimetinib in NRAS-mutant melanoma.

Before patients receive the Cotellic/Zelboraf combination, patients should be tested with an FDA-approved BRAF mutation companion test, the agency said.

"Seeing that we have had other agents in this class, there should be some sort of selection of tumor types, or some type of genomic profiling, or at least retainment of archival tissue, so that we can go on to profile these patients at a later date," said Patricia LoRusso of Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University, who reviewed early dosing trials of three MEK inhibitors being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, Merck Serono, and Eisai.

The Washington Post reports that the US Department of Agriculture told its researchers to label peer-reviewed articles as "preliminary" work.

Australia will not be regulating gene editing of plants, animals, and human cell lines as long as no new genetic material is incorporated, reports Nature News.

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of both the coast redwood and the giant sequoia, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PNAS this week: study of epigenetic patterns in mammalian eggs, clonal expansion patterns in CD8+ T cells, and more.