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Invitae Breast Cancer STAT Panel Expansion

Invitae has launched an expansion of its Breast Cancer STAT panel. The expansion contains two additional breast cancer predisposition genes — ATM and CHEK2 — and a faster turnaround time with results available in as few as five days at no additional cost. The panel also includes seven well-established genes associated with a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer: BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, PALB2, PTEN, STK11, and TP53. Testing is available for both blood and saliva samples.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.