federal legislation ACMG Lobbying State Legislatures on Genetic Counselors' Scope of Practice Draws Criticism Premium The college wants genetic counselors to work with doctors when ordering genetic tests, but not all medical geneticists agree the stance is good for patients. NYC to Fund Coronavirus Surveillance Sequencing as Congress Proposes $2B for Nationwide Program Companion bills to be introduced in the House and Senate on Thursday would task the CDC with identifying and tracking emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. House Passes Bill to Cover Coronavirus Testing with Emergency Use Authorization 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. Genetic Counselors Medicare Payment Bill Gaining Support Despite 'Scope of Practice' Disagreement Premium 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. US Senators Introduce Law to Enable WGS Testing on Children With Rare Diseases 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. Aug 2, 2019 Legislators Introduce Bill to Increase Whole-Genome Sequencing Access for Pediatric Illnesses Jun 20, 2019 With US Congress Considering Changes to Patent Laws, Dx Stakeholders Offer Differing Views Premium Jun 17, 2019 Genetic Counseling Medicare Payment Bill Introduced in Congress Jun 4, 2019 US Senate Hearings Consider Bipartisan Proposal to Change Patent Laws; Could Have Big Impact on Dx Dec 10, 2018 Legislators Release New Draft Bill Incorporating FDA Ideas for Diagnostics Regulation Oct 29, 2018 Genetic Counselors Push to Advance Legislation to Allow Medicare Billing Premium Oct 24, 2018 Genetic Counseling Medicare Bill Introduced in Congress Oct 1, 2018 Trump Signs Funding Bill Giving NIH $2B Boost in FY19 Jun 22, 2018 Some Stakeholders Not on Board With Draft Bill on New Dx Regulatory Framework Premium Mar 24, 2017 Lab Industry Group Asks CMS to Extend PAMA Implementation Timeline to 2019 Jun 17, 2015 Seeking Broader Support, House Committee Moves Dx Regulatory Proposal into Draft Legislation Premium Jan 28, 2015 Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Addresses Device Reforms, but Silent on LDTs Aug 27, 2013 Bill Would Provide Safe Harbor for Makers of IVD 'Research Use Only' Tests Aug 16, 2013 Senate Bill Proposed to Help Young Scientists Struggling in Weak Funding Environment Mar 22, 2013 House Bill Introduced to Reauthorize Newborn Screening Programs, SACHDNC Aug 22, 2012 Beyond GINA, States Build Patchwork of Protections Jul 10, 2012 Obama Signs FDA User Fees, Modernization Bill into Law Jun 27, 2012 Congress Passes FDA Medical Device User Fee Bill Jun 8, 2012 House Votes to Repeal Medical Device Excise Tax May 31, 2012 House Passes FDA Reform Act Load More Breaking News Sequencing Study Uncovers MERS-Related Coronavirus in Swiss Bats Angstrom Bio Raises $3M in Private Financing Eagle Biosciences, Genetic Analysis Ink Distribution Agreement for Gut Microbiota Test Centogene Q1 Revenues Grow More Than Fivefold Driven by COVID-19 Testing Epizyme Partnering With Quest Diagnostics for Lymphoma Mutation Testing Enzo Biochem, CLX Health Partner to Support COVID-19 Testing for International Travel The Scan CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern" CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern." From FDA to Venture Capital Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post. Consent Questions Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles. Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.