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Personalized medicine proponents have revived legislation seeking to improve the reimbursement system for diagnostics and to incentivize the development of companion tests that pick out best responders to drugs.

Originally published Oct. 1.
A new bill strongly supported within the diagnostics industry could put pressure on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to alter its procedures for setting reimbursement rates for molecular diagnostics.

Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) recently introduced a bill that includes proposals for enhancing the reimbursement system for diagnostic tests, as well as incentives for pharmaceutical firms to revive unapproved drugs in their pipelines as treatments for unmet medical need.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.