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A new report outlines issues facing the implementation of personalized medicine in the UK, the Independent reports.

Although a draft guidance last month recommended against use of molecular tests to guide chemotherapy, the group's finalized decision is subject to price negotiation and other adjustments.

An assessment concluded that Oncotype Dx has not demonstrated a significant enough impact on outcomes or cost effectiveness compared to current practice.

The device is expected to be used with Genedrive's hepatitis C virus assay, which recently received CE-IVD marking.

As of this week, the project had sequenced 39,500 genomes and returned reports for about 3,000 rare disease families and more than 600 cancer patients.

Congenica will use the proceeds to establish its presence in the US and China, where it will court not only clinical genetics labs, but specialists, academics, biotech, and pharma.

The company will use the proceeds from the round to invest in sales and marketing efforts for its Sapientia clinical genome analysis platform, as well as for R&D.

Stats on NIPT

A UK statistician tells the Guardian that non-invasive prenatal screening for trisomies won't increase the number of terminations.

By offering NIPT as a secondary screening test, the UK hopes to reduce the number of invasive diagnostic tests and associated miscarriages.

The contract was awarded by the UK's NHS Blood and Transplant, which is responsible for promoting and overseeing organ and blood donation.

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A new analysis examines the gender gap among paper authors in the sciences and says it may take decades or more to close.

Researchers have uncovered signals of selection that may enable the Bajau people to free five hundreds of feet deep, Reuters reports.

In Science this week: paternally inherited cis-regulatory structural variants in autism, and more.

A new report outlines issues facing the implementation of personalized medicine in the UK, the Independent reports.