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Relief Bill Signed

Politico reports President Donald Trump has signed the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.

The US Senate has unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to address the coronavirus, the New York Times reports.

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The Washington Post reports the US Senate is to vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package today.

A pathologists' group has pointed out that the bill covers only EUA tests, and patients receiving tests with pending regulatory status may receive surprise bills.

The bipartisan bill is backed by more than 250 organizations, but ACMG remains opposed, arguing that ordering tests is part of the practice of medicine.

The legislation is intended to allow states to conduct whole-genome sequencing on children on Medicaid who have a disease with a suspected genetic cause.

The bipartisan bill aims to provide federal support to children who are ill from an unknown cause and could gain insights into diagnosis or treatment approaches via WGS.

Senators said they'll narrow the draft bill containing changes to US patent law before submitting it to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July.

H.R. 3235, a long time priority for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, would allow CMS to reimburse genetic counselors for counseling Medicare beneficiaries.

Gene Patents, Again

A US Senate panel is considering legislation that would expand the array of subject matter that is eligible to be patented.

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.