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NEJM last week published a quartet of perspectives offering a range of opinions on the value of GWAS and DTC testing, but two critical articles in particular caused financial analysts and the American news media to conclude that the perspectives could negatively impact companies that provide tools for these studies.

Researchers from France and India reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine that human papillomavirus testing significantly decreased cervical cancer deaths among previously unscreened women in rural India, whereas cytology and visual screening methods had little effect on mortality.

A paper appearing in today's issue of NEJM demonstrates that combining genetic and clinical data can improve stable warfarin dose predictions — especially for those taking high or low doses of the drug. Now, large clinical trials in the US and Europe are slated to test the effect such dosing improvements have on clinical outcomes.

NHLBI plans to launch next month the prospectively designed, randomized-controlled study, called Clarification of Optimal Anticoagulation through Genetics trial, which will follow 1,200 patients to see if PGx-guided dosing is clinically useful.

Charles Mullighan and Applied Biosystems researchers will use the ABI SOLiD 3 system to detect genetic changes related to acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Without specific guidance from the FDA regarding KRAS testing, drugmakers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Amgen are facing lower sales of their colorectal cancer drugs Erbitux and Vectibix, and may need to get creative in how they market their drugs to patients and doctors.

In Nature this week: genetic history of HIV in the US, and more.

There are a few projects aimed at addressing the lack of diversity in genomic research, Technology Review reports.

A national assessment shows that US students lag in the sciences, but suggests that achievement gaps are narrowing.

Harvard's George Church discusses HGP-write with the Journal of the American Medical Association.