This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team led by investigators in New Zealand presents findings from metagenomics-based functional analyses of soil and rock samples from an ice-free area in the Antarctic. The researchers used GeoChip — an array targeting variants in genes from hundreds of functional categories — in their assessment of samples from McKelvey Valley, one of the Antarctic's so-called McMurdo Dry Valleys.

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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.