BRCA testing

There's an increase in genetic testing for breast cancer risk in Northern Ireland, BBC News reports, adding that better support for those tested is also needed.

The 4,000-participant study will use a digital enrollment platform and will provide free genetic testing as well as support from doctors and genetics experts.

FDA's blessing for 23andMe's test that gauges select BRCA1/2 variants has the cancer community worried about whether consumers will understand its limitations.

23andMe has gotten the OK from the US Food and Drug Administration for its genetic health risk report on three mutations that increase breast cancer risk.

The consumer genomics firm says employer benefits programs could expand access to BRCA1/2, Lynch syndrome, and FH genetic testing in the general population.

The company discussed its efforts to grow adoption of its products during a call to discuss second quarter financial results for fiscal year 2018.

The LOHGIC algorithm is currently being used to analyze tumor sequencing assay results as part of the Rutgers Cancer Institute's precision medicine program.

The Seoul-based company also recently raised $1.9 million in series B funding and is targeting between $7 million and $8 million to close the round.

NGeneBio said this week that its next-generation sequencing panel has been approved as an IVD, the first NGS test to be cleared in Korea.

Expanded Indications

The FDA has expanded the indications for both AstraZeneca's PARP inhibitor Lynparza and Myriad Genetics' BRACAnalysis CDx test, as GenomeWeb reports.

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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.