If you're affiliated with a New York City-based university or research institute (or have a collaborator who is), heads up: Stephen Albainy-Jenei at Patent Baristas has a post about the opportunity to win $250,000 in funding through the BioAccelerate NYC Prize competition. Funded with up to $1.25 million, the program aims to boost commercialization of the biomedical research conducted in New York.

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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.