Asuragen of Austin, Texas, has received US Patent No. 8,465,914, "Method and compositions involving microRNA." Methods are claimed for isolating, enriching, and labeling miRNA molecules, and for preparing and using arrays or other detection techniques for miRNA analysis. Methods for generating miRNA profiles and employing such profiles for therapeutic, diagnostic, and prognostic applications are also claimed.

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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.

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