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AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests

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A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014. Photo - Reuters
AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs.

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