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As NGS testing becomes more widespread, labs, payors, and professional groups confront questions about which genes should be required as part of clinical assays.

The organizations provided a list of genes they believe are informative in treatment of myeloid disorders and suggested several changes to the coverage policy.

The organization continues to support direct access genetic testing for healthcare decision making, while remaining neutral on recreational, novelty, lifestyle, and ancestry genetic testing.

A draft bill provides for a major expansion of eligible material, a move the ACLU and AMP said threatens to reduce competition in genetic testing.

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An opinion piece appearing at Stat News calls the CMS decision to limit access to next-generation sequencing-based tests for hereditary cancers a "grievous error."

The diversity of the organizations that have signed the letter to CMS demonstrates widespread concern over this policy.

In a letter to CMS, AMP made a case for crosswalking existing CPT codes for BRCA1/2 testing to codes that more accurately reflect the work required to analyze these genes.

At least two early-access users, at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Weill Cornell, have explored the new platform for infectious disease testing.

At a Thermo Fisher-sponsored workshop, two companies argued for the clinical utility of PGx LDTs as FDA prepared to issue a warning against unapproved tests.

Researchers separately found that the assay had high concordance with other techniques in cancers including colorectal and endometrial carcinomas.

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Holden Thorp is to be the new editor-in-chief of Science and its related journals.

A genetic analysis of salmon scales collected over the course of a century points to a sharp decline in the number of fish returning each year to river in British Columbia, CBC reports.

Adelaide University has suspended the head of an ancient DNA lab as its investigation of workplace bullying continues, Australia's ABC News reports.

In PNAS this week: gene expression profiles of adipocyte subtypes, computational approach for improving plant expressome analysis, and more.