This article, originally published April 25, has been updated with information from analyst reports.

Life Technologies this week reported a 7 percent increase in first-quarter revenues for its Genetic Analysis group, driven mainly by higher sales of Ion Torrent and capillary electrophoresis products.

Genetic Analysis revenues totaled $356 million, a 4 percent increase after currency effects. The growth in Ion Torrent and CE products was offset by an expected decrease in qPCR royalty revenues and lower sales of SOLiD products.

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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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