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As of July 1, the Guardant360 test will be considered medically necessary for aiding therapy selection in advanced lung cancer for health plan members of EviCore.

NantHealth CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong said that the company is seeking a fast-track FDA clearance predicated on Memorial Sloan Kettering's 468-gene panel.

Under a proposed decision, to be finalized in August and become effective in late 2020, NIPT would only be covered for women with particular fetal trisomy risks.

City of Hope and Texas Oncology are the first customers for Trapelo, a decision support platform from Innovation Insights that involves labs and payors.

Positive Review

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

While orders of its Liquid GPS are increasing, Soon-Shiong expressed frustration with the slow pace of reimbursement and urged investor patience.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on the difficulties health insurers face with new gene and cell therapies.

Highmark will examine the clinical and economic impact of Biocept's Target Selector liquid biopsy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Slow Coverage

NPR reports that government and private insurers are being slow to cover recently approved CAR-T cell therapies.

The report states that using NIPD for trisomy 21 in high-risk women could "probably reduce" the total number of invasive tests though the data is incomplete.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.