Researchers at New York University's Langone Medical Center are working to restore their mouse colonies following their loss during Hurricane Sandy, reports the Associated Press. The storm caused flooding of the medical center's basement where the animals (as well as the building's emergency generators) were housed.

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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.

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