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Invitae Breast Cancer STAT Panel

Invitae has launched the Breast Cancer STAT Panel, a rapid turnaround gene panel that includes seven genes with surgical and therapeutic relevance: BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, PALB2, PTEN, SK11, and TP53. Mutations in these genes may influence patient and physician decisions on mastectomy versus lumpectomy, and whether to prophylactically remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Results of the panel can also help guide choice of chemotherapy. Turnaround time is eight to 12 calendar days. Price per indication is the same as Invitae's other tests — $950 for payors and institutions that are in contract with the company, $1,500 for third party payors that are out of network, and $475 for patients without insurance or who do not meet their insurance's criteria for coverage.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.