By Julia Karow

This article, originally published Oct. 8, has been updated with comments from an NHGRI program director and further information from NHGRI and grant recipients.

The National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded 16 research teams a total of $48 million to develop DNA sequencing technologies that aim to reduce the cost of sequencing a human genome at high quality to $1,000 or less.

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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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