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Cap Proposed

Australian insurers propose a cap for insurance policies below which customers don't have to disclose adverse genetic testing results, according to the Australian.

Stopped the Funds

An Australian minister stopped the funding of 11 humanities projects selected through peer review, raising concerns among academics, Nature News reports.

It will be possible to upload genomic data to Australia's My Health Record system, which has raised privacy issues, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission will include a series of studies to tackle rare diseases and cancers.

The new Australian federal budget includes funds for genomic research, according to the Australian Financial Review.

GenoVic will provide workflow management, variant interpretation, and a data repository that supports various analytics tools for clinicians across the state of Victoria.

Testing for Free

Australia makes genetic testing for women with family history of breast or ovarian cancer freely available, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Beef producers in Australia are fighting a bovine genome patent awarded to US companies, the ABC reports.

Australia may take on its own project to sequence 100,000 genomes, according to the PHG Foundation.

Boom, Ideas

Under a new scheme, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is to receive $166 million.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.