Informed Medical Decisions

"Inherited Health's comprehensive library and proprietary risk assessment tools will allow Informed Medical Decisions to offer our patients more options for personalizing their healthcare and sharing valuable information with their family," CEO David Nixon said in a statement.

23andMe customers can choose from two levels of counseling — one for those seeking general information, and one for a more detailed review of their family and medical history or if their genetic tests suggest potentially serious implications.

Responding to an HHS committee's request for comment on its educational and marketing practices, Myriad maintained that urging doctors to conduct genetic counseling in house instead of referring patients to a genetic counselor is legally sound, follows professional medical societies' standards, and accommodates the shortage of cancer genetics professionals.

The online consumer genetics company will offer Informed Medical Decisions' telephone counseling services.

Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

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