The Association for Molecular Pathology's annual meeting, held in Long Beach, Calif., in October focused strongly on next-generation sequencing and its implementation in the clinic, especially for diagnosing, monitoring, and tailoring treatments for cancer.

However, a number of presentations made it clear that PCR and real-time PCR, while no longer the obvious technology choice for all molecular diagnostic and pathology applications, is still one of the most powerful tools available for infectious disease diagnostics and therapeutic monitoring.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.