SACGHS

Leaving a "remarkable record" – and some issues unresolved – SACGHS completes its charter with a flurry of guidances.

The agency's CDRH branch is currently weighing options on regulating lab-developed tests and is considering looking at 'high-risk' tests first.

According to a notice from SACGHS this week, the committee's charter, slated to expire Sept. 23, will not be renewed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society will disband next month, eight years after its founding. The committee had completed its original task, advising HHS on a number of issues related to genomics.

Acknowledging that a person's clinical, genetic, and environmental information impact the way he or she responds to treatments, the AMA's policy now urges healthcare providers to educate themselves in the discipline.

The HHS committee has formed a task force to consider ways that genomic data-sharing policies do or do not lead to problems that can harm groups, disturb individual privacy, or lead to ethical and legal problems.

The HHS advisory committee on genetics decided yesterday to form a group to consider if medicine is ready for cheaper personal genome sequencing, and if it is ready to be of use to doctors and patients.

Professional development for doctors, consumer outreach for patients, and reimbursement for genetics are among the recommendations in a new SACGHS task force report.

In a request for public input on the scope of its planned voluntary genetic testing registry, NIH indicates that it "anticipates" including tests from direct-to-consumer genomics firms.

A task force is considering advice for HHS to help doctors, industry, and consumers prepare for the personalized medicine era.

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Two new Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology studies have largely reproduced the original findings, ScienceInsider reports.

DNA fingerprinting could catch some sample mix-ups at pathology labs, the New York Times says.

In Cell this week: DNA methylation and T cell exhaustion, longevity in C. elegans, and more.

A Maryland police department has turned to DNA phenotyping to develop a suspect sketch, WJLA reports.