NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – California's Medicaid program has begun covering XDx's molecular diagnostic test for heart transplant rejection, the Brisbane, Calif.-based firm announced today.

Medi-Cal has added XDx's test called AlloMap as a new, covered benefit for the monitoring of heart transplants for organ rejection. AlloMap is now covered by more than 200 insurers in the US, and more than 80 percent of tests performed during the past year have been reimbursed, XDx said.

About 2,100 heart transplants are performed each year in the US, XDx noted.

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This webinar will present a method for RNA-seq expression analysis of FFPE-derived RNA samples that are too degraded for successful application of standard RNA-seq techniques.

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25
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Roche

This webinar will detail a comprehensive strategy that a lab has put in place to evaluate  NGS oncology assays for genomic tumor profiling of plasma and tissue samples.