Life Technologies, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, and US Oncology said last week that they are collaborating to sequence 14 breast cancer tumors using Life Tech's SOLiD system in order to help with treatment decisions.

The samples are from patients with triple-negative breast cancer whose tumors have progressed despite other therapies. The goal of the study is "to demonstrate whether genomic sequencing of cancer tissues can provide clues for treatment strategies for these individuals," according to the partners.

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