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The decision, issued by Medicare Administrative Contractor Palmetto GBA, is effective Dec. 10 and provides coverage of the test for about 25,000 Medicare patients.

Last week, GenomeWeb's readers were most interested in BGI's launch of a new high-throughput sequencing instrument.

The firms have agreed to conduct joint research using NanoString's PanCancer IO 360 panel to explore predictive signatures for MacroGenics' MGD013 clinical applications.

Through the Alnylam Act program, patients suspected of having the rare disease or with a family history of the illness will receive testing at no cost.

The deal covers AccuRef's portfolio of CRISPR-engineered cell line-based cancer reference materials for low-to-mid plex clinical genomic applications.

As one of six grantee projects, investigators from Yale, Harvard, and Rice University are partnering with Microsoft to bring forward a combined technique for the early detection of NSCLC.

Using biorepository strains, researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute and elsewhere profiled Zika virus consensus sequences, variant patterns, and phylogenetics.

Science looks at the scientist-candidates still in the US House of Representatives race.

Nature Index reports that China is becoming more guarded about scientists involved in its Thousand Talents program as concerns about intellectual property theft rise in the US.

In Science this week: genome-wide chromatin accessibility profiles of The Cancer Genome Atlas tumors, and more.

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The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.

CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.

According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.

In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.