Several years after the initial concept was first announced, firm details are starting to emerge about the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s planned new research campus, Janelia Farm, located in Virginia about 30 miles west of Washington, DC. Director Gerry Rubin — best known in this field as Berkeley’s Drosophila king — says the institute’s research direction, which was murky at the start and was expected to include a significant genomics focus, has been solidified.

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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.

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