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The Cancer Journal documented 25 cases where inappropriate tests were ordered, variants were interpreted incorrectly, and wrong results were reported to patients. 

A study led by Johns Hopkins describes a method for automating slow, inaccurate manual chart review when searching for signs of misdiagnosis.

The company estimates that the quality control issue resulted in between two and 15 patients getting a false negative result. 

To Catch the Swap

DNA fingerprinting could catch some sample mix-ups at pathology labs, the New York Times says.

Regulators have proposed banning Theranos CEO from owning or operating any lab for two years, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more people get sick and die from drug-resistant germs than previously thought, the Washington Post reports.

According to the Associated Press, three universities and a healthcare institution are sharing a gift of $1 billion.

New rules seek to limit the type of scientific and medical research that can be used to guide public health regulations, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: FreeHi-C approach simulates Hi-C data from interacting genome fragments, and more.