NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers from the University of Bologna has published a study of a new assay they call VaginArray, a phylogenetic microarray-based tool that allows the qualitative and quantitative analysis of vaginal bacterial communities.

According to the results, published earlier this month in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, the array method also shows promise as a tool to assess the response of vaginosis patients to treatment by measuring changes in their microbiota.

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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.

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