NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Aetna this week issued a clinical policy bulletin suggesting that it may soon begin covering non-invasive prenatal DNA tests for Down syndrome.

In its bulletin, the health insurer said that it "considers measurement of cell-free nucleic acids in maternal blood … medically necessary for testing for fetal aneuploidy (trisomy 13, 18, 21) in pregnant women with single gestations," who meet any one of a set of criteria.

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In PNAS this week: transcript patterns in drug-resistant cancer cells, function of high-altitude adaption gene, and more.

Monitoring gene expression changes could help sniff out athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, New Scientist says.

The University of Southern California lodges a cross-complaint in its legal dispute with the University of California, San Diego, over a large Alzheimer's disease project.

Cornell's Christopher Mason and his colleagues correct their New York City microbiome study to emphasize "the difference between matching fragments of DNA from a species and a pathogen."

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Oct
15
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This webinar will discuss the benefits of a rapid targeted next-generation sequencing (TNGS) panel, using dried blood spots, for second-tier newborn metabolic and hearing loss screening and its immediate utility for high-risk diagnostic testing in the neonatal intensive care unit.