The University of California, San Francisco, plans to sequence over the next five years 4,000 people with various forms of epilepsy to search for the genetic causes of the disorder.

The project is being funded with a $25 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and will be headed by Daniel Lowenstein, vice chair of the department of neurology and director of the UCSF Epilepsy Center.

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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.