This Week in PLOS

Researchers in Portugal report on their characterization of the grapevine microbiome in PLOS One. Using 454 sequencing, the researchers examined the rDNA of the microflora living on some 50 grapevine leaves. Among the most abundant eukaryote the researchers uncovered were the early diverging fungi lineages and members of the Ascomycota phylum like Aureobasidium, while Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, and Actinobacteria were highly represented among the prokaryotes.

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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.