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Bioinformatics Challenge

A bioinformatics competition being held by the X Prize Foundation is underway to help refine how the group will judge the Archon Genomics X Prize winners, the foundation says. The competition, which comes with a $2,500 prize, challenges entrants to improve the foundation's bioinformatics pipeline. Namely contestants are being asked to "provide insight into potential false positives and negatives" and "improve variant representation and assessment" as well as "refine approaches to unifying variant calls" and "test and propose specific refinements."

Grant Campany, the senior director for Archon Genomics X Prize, tells Daily Scan's sister publication BioInform that "the idea here is for people to dig in and ... understand what it is we've done and whether or not they can potentially propose better alternative ways."

The first phase of the competition began yesterday and lasts until the end of November, when the second phase then kicks off.

The Scan

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

A new analysis finds that geneticists are using the term "race" in their papers less than in years past, as Science reports.

Point of the Program

The Guardian writes that some scientists have called the design of a UK newborn sequencing program into question.

Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.