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The consumer genomics firm says employer benefits programs could expand access to BRCA1/2, Lynch syndrome, and FH genetic testing in the general population.

Bioage Labs now intends to set up an internal laboratory to experiment with different compounds, while building out its team.

The company plans to use proceeds to further invest in its development of molecular testing and other strategies in the preventive medicine space.

The latest offering puts the genetic testing company on the path toward becoming what it calls a preventive health service company.

The company has made agreements with two cancer diagnostics firms — GenomeDx, and Cynvenio — bundling its hereditary germline analysis with their somatic tests.

Based on evidence the company submitted on the test, and helped by its low pricing, Color also has preferred provider status with a number of plans.

The company, which has been offering its hereditary cancer risk test at a self-pay rate of around $250, will continue to work with insurers to grow in-network status.

With the $250 service, Color is hoping to broaden access to genetic testing and make it easier for researchers to incorporate genetics in their studies. 

Any short-term gains the bill may have on encouraging healthier lifestyles wouldn’t be worth the crippling effects it could have on the genomics field, leaders in the space said.

The combination test will allow clinicians to analyze breast cancer patients for germline hereditary cancer markers at the same time as they search their blood for driver mutations.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.