NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A study by Children's Mercy Hospital is the first of four newborn genome sequencing projects funded by the National Institutes of Health in 2013 to satisfy requirements by the US Food and Drug Administration, GenomeWeb has learned, after the agency stepped in last year to regulate the four pilot studies.

The study, which started enrolling patients this fall, appears to be the only one of the four that has launched 15 months after the awards were made, which may or may not be related to the FDA's oversight.

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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.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

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