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Based on evidence the company submitted on the test, and helped by its low pricing, Color also has preferred provider status with a number of plans.

The company, which has been offering its hereditary cancer risk test at a self-pay rate of around $250, will continue to work with insurers to grow in-network status.

The firm said that it planned to lay off its oncology sales team in order to focus on women's health, despite launching an oncology business unit last spring. 

The researchers found preliminary evidence that some inherited cancer mutations may be more or less common in African-American women than Caucasian women.  

Out of 450 patients with early-onset colorectal cancer, 16 percent carried a known risk mutation for hereditary cancer, including for cancers other than colorectal.

Invitae will test 1,000 breast cancer patients from TME practices using its hereditary cancer test, regardless of whether they meet current eligibility criteria.

Certain alleles at two SNP sites in TP53 coincided with decreased colorectal cancer risk or an earlier time of disease onset in a study of almost 300 Taiwanese individuals with Lynch syndrome.

The new assay, called the CellMax-DNA Genetic Cancer Risk Test, will complement CellMax Life's planned slate of liquid biopsy assays for early cancer detection.

Under the partnership, Myriad will be ION's preferred partner for providing hereditary testing to its member practices. 

A Counsyl study suggests that just half of individuals go through with insurance-mandated pretest genetic counseling, paying out of pocket or canceling the test instead.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.