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Mass General, Harvard to Use Illumina Genotyping Tech in Large ALS Study

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina today said researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School will use data from its Sentrix HumanHap300 BeadChips and Infinium assay reagents to run a whole-genome association study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
 
The 2,200-sample case/control study is the largest genetic study to date of ALS, according to study co-supervisor Adrian Ivinson, director of Harvard’s Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.