Through analysis of the cancer dependency map of CRISPR and short hairpin RNA datasets, the antiapoptotic BCL-XL was found to be a selective dependency in kidney cancer. Among kidney cancers, BCL-XL inhibition is most active in those with a mesenchymal gene signature, which portends a poor prognosis and response to current therapies.

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