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The organization had previously only recommended the use of noninvasive prenatal testing in individuals 35 and older or with other known risk factors.

A preliminary analysis lends some support to covering NIPS for pregnancies beyond high-risk, and some payors have expanded coverage.  

 

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.

Adam Wolfberg argued that while corporate conflicts are widely discussed, physicians also have financial conflicts that can bias them against new technology.

Quest's QHerit will screen for 22 disorders and is based on recommendations issued this year by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

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