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Genops, Zerosum to Enter Bioinformatics Partnership

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 – Genops Bioinformatics and bioinformatics startup Zerosum plan to enter an information-sharing partnership to help Genops broaden its Ngene software and boost Zerosum’s burgeoning business, the companies said this week.

“Zerosum’s strength in advanced infrastructure deployment delivery, and management, will enhance Ngene’s already impressive performance, functionality, and ease-of-use,” Han Yu, president and CEO of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Genops, said in a statement. “This combination presents a very cost-effective comprehensive and flexible solution for industrial and academic research institutions.”

The deal, announced on Wednesday, also will help Seven Valleys, Penn.-based Zerosum expand its Bioinformatics Infrastructure Operations Center’s life science computing services, according to the statement.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.