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."

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.