The rats that scurry about the subways, alleys, and even apartments of New York carry harbor a number of known and novel pathogens, researchers led by Columbia University's Ian Lipkin report in mBio this week.
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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.