By Julia Karow

This article, originally published Sept. 21, has been updated from a previous version to include additional information from a company official.

Pacific Biosciences said this week that it plans to focus on cancer and infectious diseases as initial application areas for its single-molecule real-time sequencing platform, noting that these areas are best suited to take advantage of the system's long reads and short cycle time.

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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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