The deal marks the first pharma alliance for Evotec since it acquired Kinaxo in mid-April in a deal worth up to $23 million.

Under the deal, which follows on a previous collaboration between the companies entered in 2008, Kinaxo will apply its quantitative phosphoproteomics platform PhosphoScout to assist in drug development.

The agreement calls for Kinaxo to provide quantitative analyses of PTMs on a proteome-wide scale with the expectation that "such comprehensive analysis will gain valuable insights into cellular functions of potential drug targets," the company said in a statement.

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.