Two federal agencies — the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — with oversight of genetic tests are looking into the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, agency officials said during an online meeting hosted by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry last week.

Judy Yost, CMS' laboratory divisions director, said during the AACC meeting that the agency is "monitoring" DTC labs offering genetic testing to ensure compliance where the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments are applicable.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.