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With all the emphasis lately on translational research, Steve Caplan from the University of Nebraska Medical Center writes at The Guardian's Occam's Corner blog that he has "decided to come out of the scientific closet, and openly declare my support of non-translational, basic research."

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

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