NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genomics will play a key role in helping to shift energy production away from fossil fuels and toward biofuels, according to Eddy Rubin, director of the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute.

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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.

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

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