By Turna Ray

Genomic Health has been granted two new US patents for its Oncotype DX breast cancer test, the company announced this week during its second quarter earnings call with investors.

According to the company, the patents cover "methods for the algorithms used and methods utilizing genes beyond the current 21 gene set."

Genomic Health has previously said it intends to expand the gene set interrogated by Oncotype DX as new research becomes available.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.