Genomic Medicine: The Time is Now
The life industry finds itself at an inflection point as insurers come under growing pressure to position themselves to embrace genomics and genetic testing. Best's Review explores the underwriting implications of rapid advances in genomics, including research by RGA and King’s College London into the risk prediction potential of polygenic risk scores for incidence and death from breast cancer and coronary artery disease.
Genetic Tests: Are They All Equal?
This article discusses what a genetic test can reveal about us, the variety of genetic tests available and some of the pitfalls we can experience as underwriters, or indeed consumers, of these genetic tests.
Polygenic Risk Scores: Combining Thousands of Genetic Variants to Predict Disease
Richard Russell, Ph.D., Lead Health Data Scientist, U.K., Division of Global Research and Data Analytics (GRDA), addresses polygenic risk scores (PRSs) and provides an update on the quickly advancing knowledge in this area of genetics research and risk assessment.
The Risk of Anti-Selection in Protection Business from Advances in Statistical Genetics
Four-part webcast series presents new research and explores potential implications for the insurance industry.
Can Genetic Testing Improve Mortality Risk?
Genetic testing is now available for many disorders. We have known for centuries that heredity is involved in many diseases. However, 15 years ago the Human Genome project was completed, and the sequence of human DNA is now known. This major accomplishment has caused an explosion of new information about genetic diseases, confirming previous suspicions in many diseases and identifying the genetic contribution in others.
Be Kind to Your Genes: An Insurance Perspective on the Fast-Growing Field of Epigenetics
Eat your vegetables. Stay active. Avoid smoking. Keep out of the sun. Patients have been hearing this good advice from their doctors for a long time. Now, researchers are uncovering new evidence that our lifestyle choices can measurably influence mortality risk at a genetic level. Learn more about the emerging science of epigenetics in a two-part interview and the webinar “Epigenetics and Liquid Biopsies: Fact, Fiction or Both.”
Emerging Trends in Life Underwriting
There have been a number of changes in the insurance landscape in the recent past which present challenges for the consumer, advisor and underwriter. Last year, some carriers changed their position on marijuana usage by offering their clients non-smoker rates. There have also been recent legislative changes regarding genetic testing that impact life insurers.
How Will Genomics Impact Medical Underwriting?
Progress in genomics is creating opportunities and threats for medical underwriting in both health and life insurance.
Understanding the Genetics of Cancer
Complicated pathology reports can contain significant amounts of genetic information. It has become vital for insurance company medical directors, underwriters, and claims professionals to understand "driver mutations" present in, or absent from, a tumor's genome, well as targeted therapies and their mechanisms. This article will examine how genetics contributes to cancer development, treatment, and prognosis.