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In two papers appearing in Science, Svante Pääbo and his team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology report their work to sequence and analyze a draft Neandertal nuclear genome. They compared the Neandertal genome to those from chimpanzees and modern humans, with results suggesting that there was gene flow from Neandertals to humans.

Patrick Hurban and Louise Grant are joining Expression Analysis' scientific management team. Hurban will serve as vice president of research and development and Grant will be director of operations.

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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.