NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Saying it wants to make genetic testing for cancer more widely available, startup Veritas Genetics recently launched its first test for BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing for $199, the first of what its CEO said will be several tests that the company will make available over the remainder of 2015 and beyond. 

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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.

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