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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.

The new assay, called the CellMax-DNA Genetic Cancer Risk Test, will complement CellMax Life's planned slate of liquid biopsy assays for early cancer detection.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.