Nobel Laureate James Watson has called the US Cancer Moonshot Initiative "crap," according to Stat News.

The project, announced by US President Barack Obama earlier this year and led by Vice President Joe Biden, aims to increase funding for cancer research and break down the walls that seperate different aspects of cancer research.

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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.