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Drugmakers discussed advancing autologous CAR T-cell therapeutic programs, and several diagnostic firms detailed their efforts in precision oncology. 

Backed by large public companies and growing prospective data, the first molecular blood tests to screen for multiple cancers are approaching commercialization.

News items for the week of Jan. 4, 2021. 

The results, presented at SABCS this week, leave open whether the added benefit from chemo seen in premenopausal women may be due to chemo-induced hormone reduction.

The new consortium is aiming to make comprehensive genomic profiling accessible to advanced cancer patients in the US, to help inform their treatment decisions.

The company also acquired DNA methylation analysis firm Base Genomics for $410 million and said it plans to raise $869 million in a direct stock offering.

Myriad Genetics' EndoPredict, Agendia's MammaPrint (distributed in Germany by PathoNext), and Veracyte's Prosigna will now be covered by public insurance.

The company's approach combines whole-genome sequencing, CRISPR, liquid biopsy, and gene therapy to target cancer cells with gene fusions.

In a separate study, researchers studying the use of Oncotype DX in African-American men found it to be predictive of disease outcomes regardless of race.

New data shows that the test could eventually be useful in helping younger women avoid chemotherapy in the neoadjuvant setting.

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