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Here's a Bump in the Business Plan

Following in New York's footsteps, California's state health department has sent cease-and-desist orders to 13 consumer genomics companies, reports Forbes.com. In California, the law is that laboratory tests -- including genetic tests -- have to be ordered by a physician and must be validated for accuracy and medical utility. A spokeswoman said that California's investigation was prompted by consumer complaints. "The consumers were unhappy about the accuracy [of the tests] and thought they cost too much," she said.

At Genetic Future, Daniel predicts that this is just the beginning. "To a large extent what's going on here is a turf war between proponents of the old-school medical regulation model and upstart advocates of the free information paradigm of the Google generation."

 

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.