NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – If genetic tests that predict individual cancer risk are not reimbursed by health insurers, some people who have received referrals for those tests may opt not to take them, according to a new study from Fox Chase Cancer Center.

According to the Fox Chase study of patients who were referred by doctors to have genetic tests for colorectal cancer mutations, around one-fifth of the patients said they would only take the test if their insurance covers the cost.

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In Nature this week: method to detect single-nucleotide and copy-number alterations in single cells from archival tissue, and more.

China has announced new rules governing the use of stem cell treatments, Nature News reports.

Wired's Sarah Zhang expresses frustration as a microbiome study of homes uncovers expected bacteria.

A database containing genome sequences from strains of foodborne pathogens may enable regulators and companies to quickly identify outbreak sources, Reuters reports.

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Oct
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Oct
29
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