MEK inhibitors

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.

Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.