Metrigenix last week rechristened itself Xceed Molecular, which, according to a company official, is meant to convey a strategic shift as the firm prepares to launch content-specific arrays, customizable testing panels, and a benchtop research-use-only system in November.
Xceed CEO Michael Cohen said last week that while the firm will continue selling into the research market into next year, the company is now focused on making its technology relevant — and profitable — for clinical diagnostics applications.

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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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