British scientists identified a version of a gene that may be associated with double the risk of lung failure from Covid-19, a finding that provides new insights into why some people are more susceptible than others to severe illness and which opens possibilities for targeted medicine.

Oncology is one of the most exciting areas in healthcare, as novel therapies continue to emerge that move forward our molecular understanding of the disease and offer effective treatment advances. This Q&A explores oncology innovation with Kantar’s Stephanie Hawthorne, Vice President of Oncology and Specialty Therapeutics.

Merck & Co. Inc. is buying ArQule Inc. for $2.7 billion, seeking to tap into the drug developer’s experimental blood cancer therapy that targets genetic mutations.