Although RNA interference has revolutionized the lifesciences, the technology is still relatively unknown to the general population. All that may change, at least for the average pet lover, if Los Angeles-based Allerca achieves its goal of using the gene-silencing technology to develop a hypoallergenic cat.

According to Simon Brodie, the president of the six-person company, the idea to develop the genetically-modified cat has been around for years.

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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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