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NEW YORK – Molecular diagnostics firm Agendia has settled with the US government for $8.25 million over allegations of Medicare fraud, the US Department of Justice, Western District of Kentucky announced on Wednesday.

The DOJ alleged that the company, which has offices in the Netherlands and Irvine, California, conspired with hospitals to "artificially delay" ordering the firm's MammaPrint genetic test for breast cancer in order to circumvent Medicare's 14-day rule, which determines who can bill Medicare for certain lab services.

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The UK is investing £33.6 million into a controversial human SARS-CoV-2 challenge study, according to Reuters.

The Guardian reports that the UK COVID genomics consortium is monitoring mutations that are arising within circulating SARS-CoV-2 strains for any that may affect future vaccines.

Science reports that Max Planck and Nature have struck a deal for affiliated authors to publish papers that are accessible to the public as well as access Nature-branded journals.

In PNAS this week: genomic analysis of ancient animals from Tibet, oncoproteins tied to WEE1 kinase enzyme inhibitor response, and more.

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