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With only one test FDA-approved for primary hrHPV screening, groups express concern about feasibility of moving away from co-testing

Smaller labs, hospital outreach labs, and labs servicing high numbers of elderly are thought to face the highest risks.

The biggest losers following the release of the preliminary PAMA rates may be Quest and LabCorp, analysts said today. 

Both published last month, the studies looked at, respectively, early-stage discovery of lung cancer markers and development of a clinical test for the disease.

Quest's QHerit will screen for 22 disorders and is based on recommendations issued this year by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

On a conference call, the firm's CEO said that it and other industry players are pushing to postpone implementation of PAMA to no earlier than July 1, 2018. 

Last week's buys of two oncology labs will allow Quest to provide new cancer diagnostic technologies to communities lacking major cancer research centers, it said.

The firm said that the settlement relates to a company that is no longer operating and that it ended the practice soon after learning about BHL's activities.

Analyst Nicholas Jansen set a price target at $116, pointing to expanding professional lab services, consumer-focused programs, and M&A as growth drivers.

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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.

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

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