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Outside the Lab Liquid biopsy, Companion diagnostics, Precision medicine, Regulation and standards, Oncology, Genetics and epigenetics, Screening and monitoring, Omics

Liquid License

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women, and with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) being the most common type, it’s no surprise that plenty of attention is focused on finding ways to treat it. In particular, tailoring treatment and diagnosis has been a key aim of most researchers active in the field and one major step forward in this regard has been in the development of the drug erlotinib, which inhibits the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and has proven to be maximally effective in NSCLC patients with EGFR gene mutations. As with many mutation-targeting therapeutics, the hunt for an effective accompanying diagnostic has been ongoing, and one such test has proven itself worthy of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seal of approval – the first diagnostic of its kind to get the nod from the US regulators.

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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