This Week in Science

In Science this week, Duke University's Robert Cook-Deegan, a professor of genome ethics, law, and policy, provides historical context for the controversy over the patentability of individual genes with DNA sequences found in nature. While a Federal Appeals Court recently ruled that mapped DNA sequences in which there has been some human intervention stem from invention and not discovery, Cook-Deegan notes that the ultimate decision rests with the US Supreme Court.

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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.