This Week in PNAS

In a study slated to appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the Rockefeller University used a metagenomic sequencing-based method to find new natural product-producing genes in soil microbial communities. After isolating microbial DNA from a soil sample, the team created a clone library that was then assessed by amplicon sequencing and subsequently compared with known natural product-related genes.

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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.