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GINA Took 13 Years; How Long for Insurers to Sign On?

You've heard by now that US President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act into law yesterday. US News & World Report is already asking, what's next? In this story, a reporter cautions that the bill's protection may not be enough to bring genetic testing into mainstream medicine, as insurers often do not cover these tests. Many of the diagnostics that third-party payers refuse to cover are deemed not predictive, accurate, or medically actionable enough to be worthwhile.

 

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.