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Time reports that some experts have raised concerns about 23andMe's new direct-to-consumer pharmacogenetic tests.

The companies have launched a center that offers consulting and management specifically for genomically targeted or precision medicine trials.

The companies are creating a new center that will offer support services to biopharmaceutical companies, CROs, and others in designing genetically informed clinical trials.

The company will now offer free genetic testing to patients at risk for acute hepatic porphyrias, a class of diseases for which it is developing a treatment.

The companies are working together to help insurers reduce wasteful spending and spur use of medically necessary tests. 

Cigna worked with InformedDNA to come up with scenarios under which it would cover whole-exome sequencing, although it still considers whole-genome analysis investigational.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.

Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.