NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Vermillion announced this week that it has received US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for Overa, its second-generation proteomic test for pre-surgical assessment of the likely malignancy of ovarian adnexal masses.

The test offers several improvements over the company's current lead product OVA1, which in the half decade since its launch has gained little traction in the marketplace.

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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.