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Elena Flowers, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco's School of Nursing, noticed an increase in the number of direct-to-consumer genetic tests and tells CBS SF that she decided to look into whether her students would be ready to deal with patients coming in with result from such tests.

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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.