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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The American Medical Association is currently working with stakeholders to figure out how coding requirements under a new Medicare law can be implemented within the CPT coding framework it has developed and owns the copyrights to.

However, these efforts raise questions about the viability of unique identifiers developed by McKesson, called Z-Codes, which according to the information technology firm are already being used by a portion of the lab industry, one Medicare contractor, and several private payors.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

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