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A retrospective review of panel sequencing data presented at the National Society of Genetic Counselors conference linked BRCA2 to primary brain cancer cases.

Participants of the National Society of Genetic Counselors annual education conference highlighted the need for consensus guidelines for screening potential gamete donors. 

At least some genes may play roles in both cancer risk and pediatric syndromes, posing complications for those tasked with conveying risk to patients.

Originally published Sept. 15.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Numerous studies by now have come to the conclusion that primary care physicians' lack of genomics knowhow is hindering their adoption of molecularly guided treatment strategies.

Responding to an HHS committee's request for comment on its educational and marketing practices, Myriad maintained that urging doctors to conduct genetic counseling in house instead of referring patients to a genetic counselor is legally sound, follows professional medical societies' standards, and accommodates the shortage of cancer genetics professionals.

CEO Peter Meldrum said at a conference this week that Myriad's sales force "provides doctors [with] the tools to do counseling" in-house, and as a result, physicians can bill insurers directly for the service.

"Genetic counselors are not currently recognized by Medicare as providers like most other healthcare professionals are," Elizabeth Kearney, president-elect of NSGC, told Pharmacogenomics Reporter this week. "We want legislation to correct that."

The BabySeq project faces lower-than-expected enrollment rates, according to ScienceInsider.

In Nature this week: modern European bison analysis, phased diploid genome assembly algorithms, and more.

Actress Jennifer Lopez is working with NBC on a CRISPR-inspired television show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Researchers trace the origin of one human papillomavirus lineage to Neanderthals or Denisovans, Vox reports.