In the British Journal of Cancer this week, researchers in Ireland and Sweden examine the functional and prognostic value of the homeobox protein MSX2 in patients with malignant melanoma. The researchers analyzed tumor samples from 218 melanoma patients, and found that ectopic expression of MSX2 resulted in apoptosis of the cancer cells and reduced their invasive capacity.

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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.