By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion's shares soared 92 percent to $2.56 in mid-afternoon trade on the Nasdaq today after the firm announced that a panel of the American Medical Association approved the company's application for a Category 1 CPT code for its OVA1 ovarian cancer test.

The new code assigned to OVA1 becomes effective Jan. 1, 2013.

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