As in previous years, the lead-up to Science Online 2012 has researchers, journalists, and bloggers brimming with excitement over the upcoming so-called un-conference to be held on the North Carolina State University campus. This year, though, The New York Times has taken notice.

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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.