GeneDx is planning an early 2012 launch for XomeDx, a clinical exome sequencing test, the Bio-Reference Laboratories subsidiary said this week.

The test, expected to be available starting in January, is aimed at patients with genetic diseases where more targeted genetic tests were unable to provide a molecular diagnosis.

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

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

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.

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