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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Switzerland's mandatory health insurance (OKP) will reimburse noninvasive prenatal trisomy screening for certain high-risk pregnancies starting July 15, the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) said today.

OKP will pay for NIPT if standard first trimester screening — a combination of biochemical blood tests and nuchal translucency analysis — indicates a risk higher than 1:1000 for fetal trisomies 21, 18, or 13.

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Stephen Hahn, the nominee to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, the Washington Post reports.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an RNA interference drug to treat acute hepatic porphyria.

Gizmodo looks over the past decade of consumer DNA testing to find the field to be lacking.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.

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