The Way Things Work


Earlier this year I ordered a kitchen island online. Of course, when all 200 pounds of it arrived on my doorstep, I was left to take approximately 3,742 pieces and assemble them into something I could chop vegetables on. Predictably, the instructions weren’t too helpful, but between the vague directions, slightly more useful diagrams, and sheer force of will, the thing came together very nicely.

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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.