Mary Beckerle, who was forced out as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, has been reinstated, ScienceInsider reports. The institute is based at the University of Utah, but has some independence from the school.

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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.