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The company announced the new product, which covers variants across 600 genes, this week, and said it will be available to customers next month.

The ob-gyn groups issued a statement warning that insurers' prior authorization requirements will hinder patients' access to much needed care.

"Conventional screening methods remain the most appropriate choice for first-line screening for most women in the general obstetric population," the committee wrote.

This article has been updated to include comments from CytoGenX.
CytoGenX, a Stony Brook, NY-based medical genetic testing services company, recently introduced chromosomal microarray analysis for a number of different indications.

Counsyl has begun offering a next-generation sequencing-based expanded carrier screening test to early access users with a full commercial launch planned for the end of the second quarter this year.

It remains to be seen whether a market for PCR-based fragile X population screening will soon develop, since mandating newborn testing may be highly dependent on the development of a difference-making therapeutic; and carrier screening will likely continue to rely on a case-by-case cost-benefit analysis.

Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.