AutoGenomics, a leader in providing automated, molecular testing solutions announced that it has launched an expanded test panel to detect 17 B-RAF mutations for research use to enhance the understanding of B-RAF mutations.
The featured four-part series in The New York Times, this week focuses on the importance of B-RAF mutations and the next generation of cancer therapies. "We congratulate Plexxikon and Roche on the dramatic success of their compound PLX-4032, a novel treatment for melanoma and other cancers harboring the V600E mutation of the B-RAF kinase gene," said Robert Cole, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at AutoGenomics.
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