This Week in Science

In Science this week, a multi-institute research team links Neanderthal-derived DNA with diseases in modern-day humans including ones affecting the immune system, the skin, and mood. Previous studies have suggested that Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans interbred, while others have identified Neanderthal genetic variants in the modern human genome.

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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.