At Think Gene, Andrew Yates wonders how physicians are supposed use genetic information from tests, such as 23andMe's. He notes that 23andMe's terms of service agreement says that their tests are "for research and educational use only.

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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.