Though the South Carolina Supreme Court said Quest was a healthcare provider, Williams can try to keep her case alive by arguing she's alleging ordinary negligence.
The court's ruling that Quest was acting as a licensed healthcare provider could affect the statute of limitations in the suit.
The court's determination is critical to deciding if Williams v Quest/Athena can advance or if it must be dismissed on statute of repose grounds.
Attendees at the recent AMP meeting grappled with issues brought to light in a lawsuit regarding the alleged negligent misclassification of a patient's genetic variant.
In Williams v Quest/Athena, a federal district court judge has asked the highest state court to clarify if a genetic testing lab is a licensed healthcare provider.
Judge Margaret Seymour held a hearing to better understand the facts of the case before deciding whether it should go forward.
Experts pointed out the lack of clarity in professional standards and regulations when it comes to dealing with genetic variation in patient care.
A high-profile, independent committee is considering the liability issues impacting labs as genetic testing increasingly becomes integrated into patient care.
It is now up to Margaret Seymour, a senior judge in US District Court in the District of South Carolina, whether Williams' case should be dismissed or decided by a jury.
The affidavit from pediatric neurologist Max Wiznitzer is part of a plan by Amy Williams' lawyers to convince the court to take up their client's case.
Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.
The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.
Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.
In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.