Plugging the Leak

At Not Exactly Rocket Science, Ed Yong reports on a new study in PLoS Biology on how microbes evolve. A team of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers studied the Sulfolobus islandicus archaeon — a species living in the Mutnovsky volcano in eastern Russia.

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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.