Even though PZ Myers' advice to press release writers is to substitute the word "important" with "beautiful" to avoid emphasizing the wrong things in scientific research news, Andre at Biocurious thinks that the most important thing about doing science is that it is important.

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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.