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In PLOS this week: region linked to classic bladder exstrophy, microRNA profiles in depression, and more.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Medicare contractor Palmetto GBA has finalized a local coverage determination (LCD) for Assurex Health's GeneSight Psychotropic pharmacogenomic test, in which it has agreed to reimburse for the test for certain beneficiaries suffering from depression.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Assurex Health and Skilled Care Pharmacy today announced a strategic partnership to provide Assurex's GeneSight genetic testing technology in the Midwest.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a blood-based biomarker assay of clinical depression.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Northwestern University researchers have assessed a blood-based biomarker panel for major depressive disorder, reporting in Translational Psychiatry today that it could distinguish

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Most plasma metabolites follow a daily rhythm in their expression levels that is muted by sleep deprivation, according to a metabolomic study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Medicare contractor Palmetto GBA has issued draft local coverage determinations stipulating reimbursement criteria for three multi-marker molecular diagnostics: Assurex Health's pharmacogenetic test for refractory depression, MDxHealth's ConfirmMDx epigenetic prostate cance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Neuropsychiatric molecular diagnostics firm Assurex today said that it has secured a $25 million credit facility and $7 million in investments.
The funds will be used to increase clinical adoption of the Mason, Ohio-based firm's GeneSight products.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.