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Genetic counselors and patient advocates say more people are refusing genetic testing because they're uncertain of how it will impact their insurance.

Women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer who are interested in getting genetically tested to gauge whether they have a heightened risk for the diseases should speak to a genetic counselor before getting tested, patient groups are advising their members.

This article has been updated to correct that Ellen Matloff is a plaintiff in AMP v. USPTO.

At a SACGHS meeting last week, FORCE said that Myriad Genetics sales representatives discourage doctors from referring patients to genetic counselors, and recommended the committee make recommendations for greater monitoring of such actions. SACGHS plans to invite Myriad to respond to the allegations.

The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.