Nazneen Rahman has figured out a way to make genetic testing more easily accessible for UK women with ovarian cancer, writes Ed Yong at the Atlantic. Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations are more likely to respond to certain chemotherapy drugs and PARP inhibitors, but getting tested can be difficult.

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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.