BRCA testing

In a letter to CMS, AMP made a case for crosswalking existing CPT codes for BRCA1/2 testing to codes that more accurately reflect the work required to analyze these genes.

Peter Meldrum Dies

Co-founder and former CEO of Myriad Genetics, Peter Meldrum, has died, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The test is now approved as a CDx for advanced ovarian cancer patients considering Lynparza as a first-line maintenance treatment.

Researchers screened 2,000 Nigerian women with and without the disease for loss-of-function mutations in 25 known and suspected breast cancer genes.

Testing Less Likely

Women with breast or ovarian cancer living in medically underserved regions of the US are less likely to get recommended BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic testing, according to a new study.

Not as Much Testing

The Wall Street Journal reports that men seek genetic testing for inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations much less often than women.

DeCode's new offering adds to an ongoing controversy over whether people in the island country have a right to know if they are at increased risk for disease.

To Make Sure

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The FDA will consider the companion diagnostic application alongside data for Pfizer's talazoparib in BRCA-mutated advanced breast cancer.

The Center for Genomic Interpretation and NSGC want payors to cover confirmatory testing for patients with positive results from 23andMe's FDA-cleared test.

Pages

Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.