There are at seemingly endless genes associated with genomic instability and the development of cancer – there are at least 450 genes associated with DNA Damage Repair (DDR) alone, for example.

This means it is, perhaps, not at all surprising these can not only induce significant changes in various tumours, but they also might have deeper interactions between them as well, many of which we may not yet know about.

Just as we have seen some success with PARP inhibitors in patients with BRCA loss of function, so too are companies seeking to exploit additional vulnerabilities by targeting the achilles heel with other paired approaches such as ATR inhibitors in cancers where there is ATM loss of function.

There has been a raft of data in this niche from several agents in this class so it’s time to turn our attention to reviewing what we learned from the many subtleties and nuances that inevitably abound in this DDR subniche, including recent data presented by Repare Therapeutics at the AACR-NCI-EORTC meeting…

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