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The National Society of Genetic Counselors has garnered bipartisan support for H.R. 7083 by emphasizing healthcare savings from using counselors to drive appropriate test use.

H.R. 7083, developed in collaboration with the National Society of Genetic Counselors, seeks to improve Medicare payment for genetic counselors.

The bipartisan bill passed both the House and Senate by large margins and increases the NIH's budget by 5.4 percent over its fiscal 2018 funding level.

Seventeen organizations don't support the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act as written and would like lawmakers to advance a CLIA-centric framework.


The Canadian government is asking for the constitutionality of the country's new anti-genetic discrimination law to be assessed, Bloomberg BNA reports.

ACLA said the goal of the delay is to redefine "applicable laboratories" and give labs and CMS more time to collect data that will inform market-based pricing.

The US House of Representatives has passed the latest version of the 21st Century Cures Act.

The DTWG proposal for regulating in vitro clinical tests has made it into draft legislation but it still needs support from key stakeholders in the life sciences field.

The discussion document contains many proposals for modernizing the way drugs and medical devices are advanced, but legislators are conspicuously silent on diagnostic regulations, specifically LDTs. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that would provide a safe harbor for in vitro diagnostic test makers if their tests that are approved for research use only (RUO) are used by their customers in certain clinical settings.

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Researchers in the UK and Australia uncover genetic links between BMI and depression, the Guardian reports.

The Verge details the account of an academic who alleges her university retaliated against her after she complained of sexual harassment by her supervisor.

The New York Times writes that natural history museums are helping round out genetic studies with older specimens.

In PNAS this week: artemisinin resistance mutations in malaria parasites, ant-plant interactions over time, and more.