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SelectHealth will cover PGx testing for Intermountain employees and beneficiaries with major depressive disorder who have failed treatment.

Despite the step-up in FDA action against labs offering PGx tests, the success of these programs suggests that access to them isn't being stifled as some feared.

Soon, Soon

The North Jersey Record looks into genetic testing to guide cancer treatment, particularly fluorouracil.

Coverage Begins

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

While some groups have communicated their concerns directly to the agency, stakeholders have also formed a new coalition to publicly take issue with FDA's actions.

The group notes the importance of lab CLIA certification, clear test reports, and clinical validity support for test claims in the literature, guidelines, and FDA labels.

The test is the cornerstone of a study involving roughly a thousand patients from two British neonatal centers that is set to commence this fall.

The company will provide counseling in multiple languages and connect people to local healthcare resources so they can use the genetic information they've learned in their own care. 

Industry players, faced with vague communications from the agency, scramble to decipher regulatory expectations and criticize the agency for trying to control PGx knowledge.

The firm reported total revenues of $215.4 million, up from $193.9 million in fiscal Q4 2018, but below the consensus Wall Street estimate of $221.0 million.

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Forensic genetic firm Verogen has bought the genetic genealogy site GEDmatch.

Researchers have 3D-printed plastic bunnies that encase the information needed to make more such bunnies in DNA, according to Discover magazine.

Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor and executive producer of a new documentary, writes at the Guardian that everyone needs to know about CRISPR.

In PNAS this week: analysis of FOXA1 upregulation in ER-positive breast cancer, gene editing to correct recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, and more.