By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life and health insurance firm Aetna will fund a collaborative effort involving Georgetown University, the University of South Florida, and the American Cancer Society that will study how genetic tests for breast cancer are used for certain groups of women, and whether some women are getting tested unnecessarily while others lack access to such services.

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