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A study led by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital on the effect of CYP2C19 testing on physicians' prescribing patterns has found that when doctors received patient test results for genetic markers associated with clopidogrel response through a pharmacy-benefit manager-

Roche made a splash last year with its repeated overtures to acquire genome sequencing firm Illumina, but for the most part, 2012 was a quiet year during which players in the life sciences industry took modest steps to increase their capabilities to advance personalized treatment

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Two recently published pharmacogenetic analyses looking at the impact of CYP2D6 alleles on tamoxifen response found no evidence that patients who harbor these mutations fail to respond to the hormone therapy.

Express Scripts is the only one out of the big three PBMs that hasn't yet made an acquisition to directly support a personalized medicine focus. However, the firm has expressed an interest in applying PGx strategies to rein in healthcare costs, and acquiring Medco would bring it such capabilities.

Generation Health is piloting a program with five health plans in which it deciphers stacked CPT codes that insurers use to reimburse for molecular diagnostics. Simultaneously, Generation Health is gearing up to help diagnostic firms generate the types of evidence that payors need to see in order to justify reimbursement for genetic tests.

A Supreme Court decision against drug developers in Sorrell v. IMS Health could potentially hamper how pharmacy benefit managers can use physician prescription data to drive adoption of pharmacogenomically guided products.

PGXL has become a preferred lab conducting pharmacogenomics testing for CVS Caremark's personalized medicine programs.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.