The National Institutes of Health announced a new initiative in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that "promises to monitor the impact of federal science investments on employment, knowledge generation, and health outcomes." The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Science — or STAR METRICS — initiative is being funded $1 million in its first year to colle

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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.