This Week in Science

In Science this week, researchers from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Oxford report on the discovery that transposons are more mobile in certain neurons than others in the Drosophila brain. Fly cells typically use the piwi-interacting proteins Aubergine and Argonaute 3 to suppress transposable elements. However, in mushroom body neurons, where transposon expression is more abundant, these two proteins are less abundant.

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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.