NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A bipartisan group of Congressional representatives today unveiled a bill that would require Medicare coverage for qualifying US Food and Drug Administration-approved blood-based colorectal cancer screening tests in order to boost screening in traditionally underserved communities.

While the legislation was lauded by Epigenomics, which makes the only FDA-approved blood-based screen for colorectal cancer, Epi proColon, questions remain about the test's effectiveness.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.

Aug
27
Sponsored by
Qiagen

This webinar offers a look at how an advanced genetics laboratory implemented and validated a commercial bioinformatics system to help scale its operations.

Sep
17
Sponsored by
SeraCare

Today’s challenging clinical next-generation sequencing applications require a rigorous, comprehensive quality control management program to ensure confidence in results.

Sep
18
Sponsored by
Horizon Discovery

In this webinar, Kevin Balbi, head of bioinformatics at Sarah Cannon Molecular Diagnostics, will discuss the validation of targeted sequencing panels on the Ion Torrent platform using Horizon Discovery’s Tru-Q controls. 

Oct
02
Sponsored by
Roche

In the last few years several molecular testing methodologies — such as immunohistochemistry, PCR, and sequencing — have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to aid in the management of patients with lung cancer.