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By focusing too heavily on family history, the Preventive Services Task Force is missing many opportunities for prevention, patient advocates, industry players, and researchers say.  

The American Society of Breast Surgeons updated consensus guidelines to recommend multigene panel testing for patients with cancer, including those who were tested many years ago.

Invitae and Tulane University researchers found 37 percent of patients with positive germline results were not covered by testing guidelines in place at the time.

The latest guidelines include new language about screening individuals with BRCA mutations and the potential utility of certain biomarker tests.

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Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

The genetic testing community is having a tough time deciphering FDA's intentions based on its authorization of 23andMe’s PGx test and a recent safety alert.

A $5 million NIH grant will fund CPIC's ongoing work to develop PGx guidelines and an API for incorporating them into EHRs and clinical decision support systems.

The new additions reflect data published this summer in the TAILORx trial, which speak to the chemopredictive ability of Genomic Health's Oncotype DX.

In response to public comment on draft recommendations published last year, the USPSTF changed course and retained cotesting as an option.

Efforts are underway to standardize pharmacogenetic testing, but experts say more needs to be done to encourage broader acceptance of these recommendations.

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Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.