Robert Kearney, chair of the biomedical engineering department at McGill University, has high hopes for the Itanium processor.

Now he and his research team will be able to see if the technology lives up to their expectations. McGill and 39 other universities have been awarded Hewlett-Packard servers and workstations based on the Itanium as part of HP and Intel’s newly launched Systems Grant program.

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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.