This Week in Science

In Science this week, a multi-institute team of researchers applied cutting-edge genetic sequencing technologies to the gorilla genome, creating the most accurate genome for the great ape to date. Using long-read sequencing technology and a combination of algorithms, the researchers constructed a genome for the Western lowland gorilla with a 96 percent reduction in contigs compared with a previous genome assembly.

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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.