Aaron J. Sender, (“Happy Days at the HAP Factory,” p. 26), was torn between the worlds of science and writing before realizing he could be citizen of both. After graduate training in both biology and journalism at New York University and experience at The Sciences and Discover, he reported for GenomeWeb.com and BioInform before joining the staff of Genome Technology as senior writer. Lately, he’s been trying to save up some cash for a high-throughput sequencer to use at parties.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.