CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – Two years after its creation, the Program for Human Microbiome Research at Medical University of South Carolina is already having a noticeable impact on research. The longer-term vision, however, is to create safer care environments by improving infection control.

"We have a focus now," according to Alexander Alekseyenko, founding director of the Program for Human Microbiome Research. "The first year was for me to probe and figure out who's here, what are the interests, what are the strengths, and what's missing.

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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.