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NewGene has launched a test for hereditary breast cancer. The test identifies all mutations in the coding regions of BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are associated with inherited breast cancer. The test combines sequencing on the Roche 454 GS FLX and genotyping on Sequenom's MassArray system. According to the company, it also plans to offer tumor marker tests for metastatic colon and lung cancers, and hemato-oncology tests.

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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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In this webinar, the first in the “New Frontiers in Liquid Biopsy Research” series, Bea Bellosillo, head of pathology at the Hospital del Mar, will discuss her experience evaluating an early-access lung cancer panel that detects copy number variants and fusions.