The US Department of Health and Human Services has received US Patent No. 6,734,014, "Methods and compositions for transforming dendritic cells and activating T-cells," for an invention by Patric Hwu, Mark Reeves, and Steven Rosenberg. The abstract describes recombinant dendritic cells that are made by differentiation of a stem cell into a dendritic cell. These recombinant dendritic cells are antigen presenting cells and activate T-cells against "MHC class I-antigen targets," the abstract states.

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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.