Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

With recent challenges to the US Affordable Care Act, NPR looks into whether there are any ramifications for genetic privacy.

Genetic counselors and patient advocates say more people are refusing genetic testing because they're uncertain of how it will impact their insurance.

Any short-term gains the bill may have on encouraging healthier lifestyles wouldn’t be worth the crippling effects it could have on the genomics field, leaders in the space said.

Researchers at the AACR meeting discussed how the law's provisions have affected research into and prevention of cancer, and debated ideas on how to share data.

The grants, awarded through the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, were disclosed last week by the IRS.

The IRS and HHS have worked together to provide $1 billion in grants and tax credits to biomedical companies that can lead to new therapeutics and molecular diagnostics.

Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.