Despite a massive budget shortfall, Office of Public Health Genomics Director Muin Khoury will continue to press for government policies and initiatives that promote safe and effective genomic medicine products from a public health perspective.

CDC's GAPPNet has launched several new online resources for gathering information on available genomic technologies, including a searchable database of genomic applications and a new open-access journal that publishes evidence reviews and summary articles on the validity and utility of genetic tests.

Compared to previous personalized bills, HR 5440 includes much more toothy language about FDA regulatory muscle over companion tests. It would also create an Office of Personalized Healthcare to recommend which tests should be regulated and how personalized medicine products should be reimbursed, and form several committees to address translational challenges of personalized medicine.

The director of CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics detailed GAPPNet's plans to close the hole in translational research and discussed how "the stars are aligning" in healthcare reform to further drive the integration of genomics and personalized medicine into clinical practice.

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.