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Up and Running

The new Genetic Testing Registry created by the US National Institutes of Health is now up and running, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The database, run by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, consists of information voluntarily submitted by companies and nonprofit labs on the thousands of genetic tests they offer, Kaiser says. It's open to doctors, patients, and researchers and can be searched by disease, gene, or lab associated with each test. "The tests listed so far cover mostly Mendelian diseases and genes that affect how people metabolize medicines," Kaiser says. "Missing are exome and whole-genome sequencing tests, mutations found in tumors, and direct-to-consumer tests, like 23andMe's genome-wide scan for disease risk markers."

Daily Scan's sister publication, GenomeWeb Daily News, has more on the registry here.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.