Edinburgh Biocomputing Systems has found the first customer for its MPSRCH 4 sequence analysis system. The company recently finished installing a full system at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, UK.

MPSRCH 4 is the first commercial offering from EBS, a spinoff from the Biocomputing Research Unit of the University of Edinburgh. The company’s founders transferred techniques they developed in the 1980s to implement the Smith-Waterman algorithm on massively parallel supercomputers to off-the-shelf 64-bit machines.

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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.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.