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Population Data Show Genetics-Health Links

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The first batch of data from a large-scale genomic sequencing project in the U.K. shows strong associations between several gene variations and common health conditions. . . . → Read More: Population Data Show Genetics-Health Links

Trial Testing Targeted Solid Tumor Immunotherapy

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A clinical trial is underway testing the safety of a cancer therapy that harnesses the immune system, but also works only in the tumor to reduce adverse side effects. . . . → Read More: Trial Testing Targeted Solid Tumor Immunotherapy

Sequencing IDs Pancreatic Cancer Targets

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A genomic analysis of tumor samples from patients with pancreatic cancer, a cancer with a typically poor outlook, identified targets for early precision cancer detection and treatments. . . . → Read More: Sequencing IDs Pancreatic Cancer Targets

Blood Test as Good as Biopsy to Detect Cancer Targets

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Results of a clinical trial show a commercial blood test works at least as well as tissue biopsies for determining precise genetic mutations causing most lung cancers. . . . → Read More: Blood Test as Good as Biopsy to Detect Cancer Targets

Gene Editing Deactivates Cause of T-Cell Side Effects

Human T-cell

A biotechnology company developing engineered T-cells as treatments for cancer, used gene editing to deactivate a likely cause of serious adverse effects from its therapies. . . . → Read More: Gene Editing Deactivates Cause of T-Cell Side Effects

Organoids Designed for Faster Cancer Diagnostics

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A new process grows small samples of tumor tissue in the lab to enable high-speed diagnostics for personalized cancer treatments and drug testing. . . . → Read More: Organoids Designed for Faster Cancer Diagnostics

Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

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A new biotechnology enterprise developing personalized treatments that harness the immune system to treat cancer is raising $10.5 million in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

Targeted Chemo Seen Benefiting Breast Cancer Patients

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A clinical trial shows a treatment combining an antibody and chemotherapy drug invokes a response and longer survival time in many patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. . . . → Read More: Targeted Chemo Seen Benefiting Breast Cancer Patients

FDA Approves 25 Precision Meds in 2018

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An organization advocating for medicines addressing a person’s unique chemical composition rather than disease symptoms says U.S. regulators approved 25 of those drugs in 2018. . . . → Read More: FDA Approves 25 Precision Meds in 2018

Laser Treatments Tested for Cancer Side Effects

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Researchers from University at Buffalo are evaluating low-level lasers as a treatment for oral mucositis, a painful adverse effect of cancer chemo and radiation therapy. . . . → Read More: Laser Treatments Tested for Cancer Side Effects