Aetna

The company announced positive coverage decisions from Palmetto GBA, 14 BCBS plans, and Aetna.

Starting Feb. 15, Aetna members will be able to access NxGen MDx's genetic screening and noninvasive prenatal testing as an in-network benefit. 

It was a rough year for biotech stocks — the Nasdaq Biotech Index fell 22 percent even as the Dow gained 13 percent and the Nasdaq gained 8 percent.

The new agreement brings Interpace's total insurance coverage for its thyroid assays to approximately 200 million patients.

The test differentiates benign thyroid nodules from cancerous ones.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – CardioDx today announced that Aetna has established a clinical policy for the Corus CAD gene expression test for coronary artery disease.

Insurer Aetna last month released a clinical policy bulletin providing an assessment of various available molecular-based cancer diagnostics and markers.

While Working with FDA, 23andMe Offers Customers No Timeline for Reporting Health-related Results

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of South Florida will use a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to partner with Aetna and patient advocates to study how genetic testing for breast cancer risk can impact clinical decisions made by patients and doctors.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Aetna this week issued a clinical policy bulletin suggesting that it may soon begin covering non-invasive prenatal DNA tests for Down syndrome.

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.