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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.

The company touted the recent spate of positive payor coverage decisions it has seen for its ConfirmMDx and SelectMDx prostate cancer tests.

The deal suggests the company is making steady progress toward its goal of signing coverage deals with all major private payors by year end.

The insurer operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, and will now cover ConfirmMDx for its customers.

The colon cancer test is now available through Tricare for 9.4 million active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel, as well as veterans and their dependents.

The positive insurance coverage decision for ConfirmMDx is one of several the company has received in recent months.

The researchers also plan to analyze how payors make coverage decisions for NGS-based gene panels, exome, and whole-genome sequencing clinical tests. 

The positive coverage determination is one of several the company has received in recent months from various insurance companies for the ConfirmMDx test.

The in-network agreement gives the health plan's 8 million members access to Trovagene's full menu of liquid biopsy tests.

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A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill seeking increased funding for certain fields, including synthetic biology, ScienceInsider reports. 

The Los Angeles Times reports that a case of the novel coronavirus making people ill in China has been reported in the US. 

Discover magazine writes that paleoproteomics is increasing being used in archaeology, paleoanthropology, and paleontology, including a recent study of a 6,000-year-old ring. 

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: mutagenic effects of ultraviolet "A" light, post-transcription effects of synonymous mutations, and more.