Leroy Hood, Peter Roberts

NimbleGen Systems said this week that Leroy Hood has joined its scientific advisory board.
Hood is co-founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology. He holds an MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a PhD in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Peter Roberts has been named director of science at VizX Labs, the company said this week.

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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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