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Not Always Complete

NPR says a new US Government Accountability Office report criticizes the Food and Drug Administration's orphan drug program.

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The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

Watch Those Pathogens

A US Government Accountability Office report makes recommendations to improve oversight of pathogen research, ScienceInsider reports.

Critical Reports

Senators point to critical GAO reports on FDA as reason to take up the 21st Century Cures Act, Stat News reports.

A Government Accountability Office report finds fault with FDA's post-market safety tracking.

A GAO review finds no evidence of disparities in grant success rates by gender at agencies with sufficient data, but some agencies are not conducting required Title IX compliance reviews.

The Government Accountability Office squelched a rumor that has been circulating about the firing of an agency investigator due to errors in a report on for-profit colleges. Additionally, the agency said it has not "identified any problems" with a report on the DTC genomics industry that was led by the same investigator.

"The promise of genomics in the practice of medicine is great and exciting, but today the use of personal genomic tests is still not ready for prime time," a CDC official said in a video address to doctors and the general public.

A week after being hit with a GAO report that called test results from consumer genetics firms "misleading," the big three DTC companies criticized the agency for using "unscientific" methods in its undercover investigation, but welcomed greater regulatory oversight.

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A genome-wide association study highlights a potential role for hair follicles in acne risk, according to New Scientist.

Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

In Cell this week: gene editing-based strategy to screen for immune system regulators, ancient plague patterns, and more.

Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.