This story was originally published Oct. 26.

Illumina today disclosed that it plans to lay off 200 employees, or 8 percent of its global workforce, in a restructuring that it announced last week alongside its third-quarter financial results (IS 10/25/2011).

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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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