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.

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.