NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The GenomeWeb Index dropped more than 2 percent in August, nearly mirroring a 3 percent decline for the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index and partially offsetting a 9 percent gain in July.

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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.