NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Opko Health is hoping for a positive coverage decision from Medicare contractor Novitas as it continues to commercialize its 4Kscore test for prostate cancer.

The company noted during its Q4 2016 earnings call this month that it had expected Novitas to review the test during its February review cycle for draft local coverage determinations, but that the contractor had not yet announced LCDs for the 4Kscore or any other diagnostics in that cycle.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.

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