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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. 

While the FDA has expressed concerns about PGx testing, CEO Erik Hennings said the company has taken measures to limit the risk of consumer harm.

23andMe customers who have one of three common variants identified in reports can choose six family members to receive health and ancestry test kits.

In a pilot study, EMD Serono will have the genomes of lung cancer patients sequenced for research but participants will also gain access to their genomic data.

Several genetic test providers thought Helix would give them a national sales channel for their genomics apps, but this didn't materialize.

A company executive confirmed that Helix has laid off an undisclosed number of employees and is closing its Denver and San Francisco offices.

Illumina said that the DTC market is in "transition" from ancestry and genealogy to one driven by demand for health information.

The company published a letter on its website explaining that the genetic and other analyses involved in its services were too costly for customers to support.

Patients within the project and their physicians will be able to access Genome Medical's genetic specialists to address concerns and incorporate genetic information into care.

My Gene Counsel's confirmatory testing program is the latest example of how the healthcare system is adapting to consumers' growing appetite for genetic testing.

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Holden Thorp is to be the new editor-in-chief of Science and its related journals.

A genetic analysis of salmon scales collected over the course of a century points to a sharp decline in the number of fish returning each year to river in British Columbia, CBC reports.

Adelaide University has suspended the head of an ancient DNA lab as its investigation of workplace bullying continues, Australia's ABC News reports.

In PNAS this week: gene expression profiles of adipocyte subtypes, computational approach for improving plant expressome analysis, and more.