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At the Personalized Medicine Conference this week, stakeholders historically at odds over lab test regulation said it is up to Congress to resolve the issue.

The National Society of Genetic Counselors has garnered bipartisan support for H.R. 7083 by emphasizing healthcare savings from using counselors to drive appropriate test use.

H.R. 7083, developed in collaboration with the National Society of Genetic Counselors, seeks to improve Medicare payment for genetic counselors.

The bipartisan bill passed both the House and Senate by large margins and increases the NIH's budget by 5.4 percent over its fiscal 2018 funding level.

The increase is part of a larger appropriations package that has cleared the Senate and has now been sent to President Trump for his signature.

The appropriations package would boost the NIH's fiscal 2019 budget to $39.1 billion, and earmarks money for programs such as the All of Us initiative.

The bill, which will go before the House later this year, includes a 5.4 percent increase in National Institutes of Health funding to $39.1 billion.

The protocol could lead to greater regulatory harmonization in Europe, where every country has its own national legislation covering genetic testing.

The agency's regulatory plan differs in key areas from a draft of the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act that had shored up lab industry support.

DeCode's new offering adds to an ongoing controversy over whether people in the island country have a right to know if they are at increased risk for disease.

The government says it is using DNA testing as part of efforts to reunite families by court-ordered deadlines, but it will not reveal which lab is performing testing.

HHS may already be administering DNA testing to migrant families, but the agency has provided little information about how testing is being implemented.

The project will investigate the use of whole-genome sequencing within the California Medical Assistance program.

The subcommittee called for $2 billion to be added to the NIH's budget next year, increasing it to $39.1 billion.

Seventeen organizations don't support the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act as written and would like lawmakers to advance a CLIA-centric framework.


The proposed bill would increase the National Institutes of Health's budget from roughly $37.1 billion to $38.3 billion in fiscal 2019.

After the arrest of the Golden State Killer, ethicists say the government must delineate acceptable limits for future uses of public DNA databases.

The plan seeks to modernize the US biomedical data handling infrastructure, in order to to keep up with the explosive growth in information from genomics research.

A Veterans Health Administration subcommittee evaluated the clinical utility of 30 pharmacogenetic tests and recommended about half for wider use.

A panel at the Biology of Genomes meeting discussed the ethical, legal, and social ramifications of germline gene editing.

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The New York Times reports on an effort to address in high school biology classes misconceptions regarding race and genetics.

60 Minutes speaks with Harvard's George Church about tackling the effects of aging and more.

In PLOS this week: rare alterations in Timothy syndrome, analysis of twins' gut microbiomes, and more.

GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.