Life Technologies and Douglas Scientific late last week announced a collaboration and co-marketing agreement to pair Life Tech's TaqMan real-time PCR assays with Douglas Scientific's Array Tape platform for high-throughput genotyping applications.

The deal is expected to bolster the use of both companies' products in existing markets — particularly agricultural biotechnology and molecular-assisted breeding — and could open up an array of new markets characterized by the need for industrial-scale SNP genotyping, officials from both companies said this week.

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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.

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