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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.

Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.