When computers were first invented, they seemed so complicated — so mysterious — that the lay person could never understand them. Even Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM, doubted that computers would ever become popular. In the 21st century, it's almost unheard of not to own a computer — the more sophisticated, the better. And if a company can't deliver what you want, you buy the components and build it yourself.

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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.