NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) –The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a final rule this week for public comment revising its controversial 14-day rule that has long hindered molecular diagnostics labs from directly billing the government payor when tests are ordered within two weeks of an outpatient's discharge from the hospital.

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Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative has issued guidelines for genomic research in the region, according to Nature News.

The Associated Press reports that an ethicist predicts that prenatal diagnosis and other advances will lead to more choices being available to prospective parents.

In Genome Biology this week: approach to analyze alternative polyadenylation, algorithm to predict transcriptomic structural variations, and more.