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The company markets two tests for skin cancer, including DecisionDx-Melanoma for identifying high-risk Stage I and II cutaneous melanoma patients.

The company markets genetic tests for skin cancer including DecisionDx-Melanoma for identifying high-risk stage I and II cutaneous melanoma patients.

BrightEdge was founded by the American Cancer Society to invest in for-profit companies developing novel cancer therapeutics and diagnostics.

Palmetto GBA issued final local coverage determination for the tissue-based, 31-gene expression test, which determines a patient’s risk for metastatic disease.  

The approvals allow the company to offer its PCR-based expression profile cancer risk tests in the state.

The company announced positive coverage decisions from Palmetto GBA, 14 BCBS plans, and Aetna.

Castle will use the proceeds to accelerate marketing and new product development related to its molecular prognostic tests for patients with underserved cancers.

This week's news includes Ambry Genetics, DNAstack, Protea Biosciences Group, Exosome Diagnostics, BGI Europe, and Castle Biosciences.

The Medicare contractor is proposing to not cover Vectra DA, but to extend coverage for Prolaris, Xpresys, and DecisionDx-UM under specific circumstances.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.