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The company said it now has payor coverage for more than 130 million individuals.

The company obtained out-of-state provider status from California's Medicaid program for its OVA1 test, giving it access to more than 12 million patients. 

The firm said that the new coverage for its Afirma thyroid cancer test makes it a medically necessary benefit for nearly 24 million Blues plan members.

Starting Feb. 15, Aetna members will be able to access NxGen MDx's genetic screening and noninvasive prenatal testing as an in-network benefit. 

The coverage decision provides Humana's 13 million members with access to the test, which provides a numerical score to assess the risk of disease recurrence.

Members of the health plan will have access to Biocept's growing menu of circulating tumor cell and circulating tumor DNA tests.

With a recent draft guidance from Medicare contractor Palmetto, and $6.1 million in new funding, Indi hopes to launch the test in the next six to nine months.

EndoPredict is a kit-based RNA expression test that evaluates 12 genes to assess the aggressiveness of breast cancer on a molecular level, and is set to launch in the US this year.

It was a rough year for biotech stocks — the Nasdaq Biotech Index fell 22 percent even as the Dow gained 13 percent and the Nasdaq gained 8 percent.

Agendia is launching a patient access program to position MammaPrint in clinics, while other test makers are taking a wait-and-see approach.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.