NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Progenika this week said that its CLIA laboratory has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists.

The Medford, Mass.-based firm provides blood group genotyping services to blood banks and hospitals in the US and Canada.

It also provides genetic testing for familial hypercholesterolemia. The firm said this test also is used by pharmaceutical firms in developing cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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A panel at the New York Times discusses anonymity and privacy of users of 23andMe's services when access to its database is offered for research.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a House subcommittee to discuss his agency's budget request.

In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision involving the use of "inadvertently shed" DNA in a police investigation and subsequent conviction.