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US tax agency says 23andMe's genetic health test can be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A new bill would extend a program through 2017 that under Obama's health care bill awarded $1 billion in tax credits and grants to small biotech firms.

The company has received a $224,500 Therapeutic Discovery Project Tax Credit and a $365,579 SBIR Phase II matching grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky to continue the development of a predictive test to guide treatment of antipsychotic drugs.

Companies developing array- or biochip-based molecular diagnostics received a shot in the arm earlier this month under the Internal Revenue Service's $1 billion Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program.

The grants, awarded through the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, were disclosed last week by the IRS.

The money will go toward ongoing commercialization of VeriStrat, a serum proteomic-based test to help guide treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

A number of prominent proteomics-based diagnostics developers were recipients of the grant and tax credit awards, which are being provided by the IRS through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program.

For instance, Tacere Therapeutics received $488,958 in two grants, the first of which supports development of a new hepatitis C treatment, as well as a previously undisclosed eye-disease program.

UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.