NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The genome sequence of a modern human man who lived in western Russia some 36,200 to 38,700 years ago is serving as a source of information on European population origins.

"I think this is, in many ways, changing our view of how the genetic diversity found in present-day Europeans came about," Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary biologist with the University of Copenhagen's Centre for GeoGenetics, told GenomeWeb Daily News.

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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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