This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, a German-led research team describes ties between the RARRES2 gene and serum levels of chemerin, an obesity and chronic inflammation-related adipokine secreted into the bloodstream from fat tissue. The team performed a meta-analysis of genotyping data for nearly 2,800 individuals enrolled through three large European cohorts with known serum chemerin concentration levels and other obesity-related assessments.

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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.