Down to Coverage

While many US insurance companies will pay for BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 testing in a patient with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, NPR's Shots blog reports that insurers often "balk at providing coverage" for tests examining other mutations linked to breast or ovarian cancer.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.