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Patients who've learned their genetic risk of disease worry about healthcare law changes in the US, Kaiser Health News reports.

According to ASHG, the final rules, issued this week, will significantly weaken patient privacy protections under ADA and GINA.

The companies are working together to help insurers reduce wasteful spending and spur use of medically necessary tests. 

Patronus will use BaseHealth's platform to provide health assessments based on patients' genomics, medical histories, and environmental risk factors.

A medical genetics practice's lawsuit against a government insurance administrator points to continued uncertainty about reimbursement for NGS testing in Germany.

Recent cost analyses funded by Ariosa and Natera found that NIPT could replace conventional screening in the US and be cost-neutral if provided at certain prices.

OKP will pay for testing if standard first trimester screening indicates a risk higher than 1:1000 for trisomies 21, 18, or 13.

The collaborators will explore how InterSystems' HealthShare health informatics platform can support genomic and clinical data integration and analysis

BioEnterprise's Midwest Health Care Venture Investment Report showed a total 47 companies raising a combined $155.6 million during the first quarter of 2009, compared with 14 companies winning $133.5 million in the year-ago period.

The University Funds, which operates under a "venture-development" model, has a $50 million investment fund and is reviewing research and intellectual property from UA and six other partner institutions with the goal of forming 10 companies.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.