The New York Times reports on "the country's first dog-fighting DNA database," maintained by the ASPCA, the Louisiana SPCA, the Humane Society of Missouri, and investigators at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, as part of an effort to trace dog-fighting crimes via the genetic signatures of "several known dog-fighting bloodlines." Tim Rickey of the ASPCA told the Times

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The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

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

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.