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United HealthCare to Cover Genomic Health’s Oncotype Dx Breast Cancer Test

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Genomic Health today said that United HealthCare Insurance will cover its Oncotype Dx test for women who have early-stage breast cancer.  
 
The Oncotype DX analyzes the risk of a recurrence of breast cancer and predicts the chances that chemotherapy will be beneficial. Genomics Health said the test will be covered for claims for services after Jan. 3.
 
In March 2006 the National Heritage Insurance Company, a Medicare contractor, said it would cover the test.

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Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

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