The projects, organized by Friends of Cancer Research in the US and the Quality Assurance Initiative Pathology (QuIP) in Germany, are comparing different TMB assays.
Three vendors applied their variant calling and interpretation pipelines to the same tumor NGS panel data and came up with overlapping but different results.
Tumor sequencing tests may pick up age-associated mutations called clonal hematopoiesis, a noncancerous phenomenon that can have clinical implications.
The company said it will seek FDA approval for the assay, an expanded version of FoundationACT, as a CDx for targeted therapies and as a tumor mutation profiling assay.
After three years of work, the EXaCT-1 exome cancer test has become part of clinical cancer care at NewYork-Presbyterian, but developers have higher ambitions.
The team integrated tumor barcoding, genome editing, and ultra-deep barcode sequencing to interrogate pairwise combinations of tumor suppressor alterations.
The firm is in the midst of evaluating its strategic options and has hired Raymond James to assist in the process, which could include the sale of the firm, it said.
Farsight Genome Systems is touting the rapid scalability of its analytic pipeline as it seeks to make its technology "future-proof" for clinical genomics labs.
Chugai, a member of the Roche Group, has already filed for regulatory approval of FoundationOne CDx with Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.
With multiple independent biomarkers, and potential combinations that may require even more subtyping, diagnostics to guide immunotherapy appears to be getting more complicated.
The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.
The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.
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