ACOG UnitedHealthcare to Cover NIPT for Average-Risk Pregnancies Several analysts said that the decision by UHC, the largest private payor in the US, will especially benefit Natera. Humana Broadens Coverage of NIPT for Average Risk Pregnancies As a result of the expanded coverage, Natera said it believes there are currently 139 million people covered in the US for average risk NIPT. ACOG Guidelines Recommend NIPT for All Pregnancies Regardless of Risk The organization had previously only recommended the use of noninvasive prenatal testing in individuals 35 and older or with other known risk factors. Some Call for Expanded Payor Coverage of NIPS but Reluctance Remains Premium A preliminary analysis lends some support to covering NIPS for pregnancies beyond high-risk, and some payors have expanded coverage. Studies Outline Outcomes Associated With Cervical Cancer Screening, Triage Strategies A pair of new studies evaluated the effectiveness of cytologic and HPV-based testing approaches at varied screening intervals for identifying women at risk of cervical cancer. Jan 19, 2018 NIPT Commentary Raises Physician Conflict as Factor in Average-Risk Adoption Premium Jul 27, 2017 Quest Joins Growing Market for Expanded Carrier Screening Premium Mar 24, 2017 Thermo Fisher Hopes New Array Will Help Labs Expand Carrier Screening Premium Dec 18, 2015 ACOG Objects to Insurers' Genetic Counseling Requirements for BRCA Testing Jun 29, 2015 ACOG, SMFM Say Conventional Screening Still 'Most Appropriate' for General Obstetric Population Dec 17, 2013 CytoGenX Debuts Chromosomal Microarray Analysis Services for Prenatal, Pediatric, Cancer Testing Premium Apr 3, 2013 Counsyl Offers NGS-Based Carrier Screening Test as Reflex to Array-Based Test Premium Oct 26, 2011 Following Technical Validation, Good Start Genetics Prepares Launch of Carrier Test in Early 2012 Premium May 20, 2010 PCR-Based Fragile X Tests Abound, but Will There be a Market? Premium Breaking News DNAe, Imperial College London, U of Leicester to Develop NGS-Based Breast Cancer Monitoring Test Illumina, Israel Ministry of Health to Pilot Genome Sequencing for Diagnosing Critically Ill Infants GenomSys Gains CE Mark for New Genomic Analysis Software Thermo Fisher Scientific Q3 Revenues up 9 Percent BTIG Initiates Coverage of LumiraDx With Buy Rating Delic Partners With GT Research for Genetic Analysis of Cannabis, Psychedelic Mushrooms The Scan Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old. Sharing How to Make It Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times. Bring it Back In Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray. Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.