Policy & Legislation News on government policy and legislation impacting life science and diagnostics. Europe's Genomics Community Wrestling With Uncertainty Presented by Privacy Legislation Premium At the European Society of Human Genetics meeting, experts discussed how to resolve questions raised by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation around genomic data sharing. Pediatric Cardiovascular Genetic Testing Should Be Individualized, Multidisciplinary, Says AHA Testing decisions should take into account when the condition may arise, whether there are therapies, and the family's values, among other considerations. State-Regulated Illinois Health Plans Subject to Biomarker Test Coverage Mandate Starting 2022 Premium The law requires state employee, Medicaid, public school, and small employer plans to cover evidence-based biomarker testing, a change that will readily impact cancer patients. American Heart Association Provides Guidance for Genomic Research With Underrepresented Groups In a policy statement, the AHA said genetic and genomic research should be conducted in partnership with Indigenous peoples and marginalized racial and ethnic groups. European Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation of $8B Illumina-Grail Merger Illumina has reiterated its commitment to see the deal through, noting it has offered structural and behavioral remedies to address any concerns. Jul 16, 2021 US House Appropriations Committee Seeks 15 Percent NIH Funding Increase for Fiscal 2022 Jul 8, 2021 FBI Approves Thermo Fisher Scientific DNA Booking System for Use by Law Enforcement Jul 1, 2021 ACMG Recommends Sequencing as Test for Children With Intellectual Disability, Congenital Anomalies Jun 22, 2021 Lander, Collins Offer Vision for Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health Apr 16, 2021 Biden Administration Commits $1.7B to SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing, Surveillance Apr 11, 2021 NCI Director Sharpless Outlines Ideas to Aggressively Lower Cancer Deaths Feb 24, 2021 ACMG Lobbying State Legislatures on Genetic Counselors' Scope of Practice Draws Criticism Premium Feb 17, 2021 Biden Administration Will Provide $1.6B to Improve COVID-19 Testing and Sequencing Jan 7, 2021 NHGRI Sets Plan to Diversify Genomics Workforce Dec 28, 2020 President Trump Signs FY 2021 Spending Bill to Boost NIH Budget 3 Percent Dec 22, 2020 Congress Approves 3 Percent Increase in NIH Budget for Fiscal 2021 Nov 19, 2020 FNIH Panel on Gene Drive Regulation Emphasizes Need for Local Community Engagement Premium Nov 12, 2020 PerkinElmer Coronavirus RT-PCR Assay Receives CE Mark for Saliva Use, Sample Pooling Oct 28, 2020 NHGRI Lays Out Strategic Vision, Future Priorities for Genomics Research Sep 10, 2020 UK Government Unveils Plan to Run 500K COVID-19 Tests Per Day Sep 3, 2020 International Commission Deems Germline Genome Editing Not Yet Safe in Human Embryos Premium Jul 24, 2020 European Research Institutes Ask EU to Allow Genome Editing in Crops Jul 14, 2020 House Committee Votes for $5.5B Boost to NIH Budget Jun 1, 2020 ACMG Offers Guidance on Incorporating Genomic Data into Electronic Health Records Apr 16, 2020 NHGRI Publishes Draft of 2020 Strategic Roadmap Load More Breaking News IV BioHoldings Partners With P4 Diagnostix, Unveils 'Bio Innovation Studio' Polynesian Island Population History Revealed From Present-Day Human Genomes Aviv Scientific Closes $40M Series B Financing Round Roche Nabs CE Mark for Three Cobas Respiratory Test Panels Hexagon Bio Raises $61M in Private Financing Round GenXys, Helix Partner to Provide Clinical Decision Support for PGx Testing The Scan Not Yet a Permanent One NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials. Unfair Targeting Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases. Limited Rapid Testing The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US. Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.