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DUBAI TO TEST DNA OF ITS 3 MILLION CITIZENS
RECENTLY, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS in Dubai announced a plan to conduct genetic testing on all three million residents. Experts say this is an unprecedented decision by any national government.

This human genome project will be part of the Dubai 10X initiative. “The authority is looking to target all residents of

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New Company Tracks Details and Prices For 60,000 Molecular and Genetic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Advances in the speed, accuracy, and cost of next-generation gene sequencing making it possible for clinical labs to create thousands of new tests. How many new tests? NextGxDx, an information technology company, says the nation’s clinical laboratories are introducing new molecular and genetic tests at the rate of 10 per day! The company,

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Medicare Ends Coverage for Some Pharmacogenomic Testing

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CEO SUMMARY: Medicare’s decision to cease covering many pharmacogenomic tests puts as many as 19 million Americans who have genetic variations affecting their response to medications at risk. These medications are commonly prescribed for patients with cardiovascular disease, pain, depression, anxiety, and cancer. Meanwhile, medical centers such as Mayo Clinic are conducting clinical studies to collect evidence that appropriate use of pharmacogenomic tests can improve patient outcomes while also reducing the cost of care.

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Medicare Ends Coverage for Genetic Drug-Sensitivity Tests

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CEO SUMMARY: Medicare’s decision to cease covering many pharmacogenomic tests puts as many as 19 million Americans who have genetic variations affecting their response to medications at risk. These medications are commonly prescribed for patients with cardiovascular disease, pain, depression, anxiety, and cancer. Meanwhile, medical centers such as Mayo Clinic are conducting clinical studies to collect evidence that appropriate use of pharmacogenomic tests can improve patient outcomes while also reducing the cost of care.

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Exome Sequencing Next “Big Thing” for Diagnosis

CEO SUMMARY: For disease diagnostics, exome sequencing is not yet routine, but geneticists are getting close. Using this technology, researchers read those parts of the human genome where about 85% of disease-causing mutations reside. By looking only at the regions that encode proteins—the workhorse machinery of the cell—researchers identify dis- ease causes much faster than

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Whole Genome Sequencing: Is It Ready for Prime Time?

CEO Summary: Pathologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, in a collaboration with GenomeQuest, Inc., will produce whole human genome sequences of patient tumors and other specimens. These whole genome sequences will be studied to learn what diagnostic, therapeutic, and prognostic information they contain. GenomeQuest CEO Richard Resnick discusses what is required

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“Primary-Care Pathology” One Goal at Beth Israel

CEO SUMMARY: In a pioneering collaboration, the pathology department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, will work with GenomeQuest, Inc., to perform whole genome sequencing of tumor specimens. GenomeQuest will handle sequencing, assembly, and annotation of the genetic data. BIDMC will analyze these whole human genome sequences to develop companion diagnostic tests

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