super-responders

Dana-Farber and the Broad are using social media to identify extraordinary responders and other outlier patients to study what makes them genetically unique.

The Asian cancer biotech firm will use ACT's genomic tools to research why some patients responded unusually well to its pan-HER inhibitor.

Absent mature data suggesting that Genentech's biomarker strategy would likely prove Avastin's efficacy in a subpopulation, ODAC members did not want to expose patients unnecessarily to a toxic agent for many years to come.

If Genentech produces data showing substantial benefit in a subset of patients, "a new science-based indication could be approved," an FDA official said. "Until that time, it is not appropriate for the drug to continue to be approved for the treatment of breast cancer when the totality of the available data does not support such an approval."

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.