To Keep It Coming

Republican lawmakers say that the US National Institutes of Health will continue to receive funding increases, ScienceInsider reports.

Representative Tom Cole (R–OK) and Senator Roy Blunt (R–MO), the respective chairs of the House and Senate subcommittees dealing with health and human services, promise to increase NIH's budget by at least the $1 billion that has been requested by President Barack Obama.

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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.