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Peoples Genetics Wins $2M ATP Grant

BOSTON, Oct. 3 - Peoples Genetics has won a $2 million grant from the US Department of Commerce's Advanced Technology Program, a company scientist told GenomeWeb today.


The scientist, Aoy Tomita, said the company will use the money to continue developing its constant denaturant capillary electrophoresis technology, a high-resolution process that separates mutant from non-mutant DNA molecules.


Peoples Genetics, based in Woburn, Mass., is developing the technology to locate disease-causing gene mutations from extraordinarily large populations. In early September the company released a first-generation automated version of the tool.


The tools, co-developed with SpectruMedix, of State College, Penn., allow researchers to analyze the equivalent of 2 million individuals' genes per year.

The Scan

Removal Inquiry

The Wall Street Journal reports that US lawmakers are seeking additional information about the request to remove SARS-CoV-2 sequence data from a database run by the National Institutes of Health.

Likely to End in Spring

Free lateral flow testing for SARS-CoV-2 may end in the UK by next spring, the head of Innova Medical Group says, according to the Financial Times.

Searching for More Codes

NPR reports that the US Department of Justice has accused an insurance and a data mining company of fraud.

Genome Biology Papers on GWAS Fine-Mapping Method, COVID-19 Susceptibility, Rheumatoid Arthritis

In Genome Biology this week: integrative fine-mapping approach, analysis of locus linked to COVID-19 susceptibility and severity, and more.